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China cuts rare earth exports.
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:52:28 pm »
China has said it will cut exports of rare earth minerals by 10% in 2011.

World manufacturers are heavily reliant on China for these minerals, which are essential for making many electronic goods, such as TVs and PC monitors.

China has 97% of the world's known supply of the goods. The US mined none last year.

Rare earth minerals have been a thorny trade topic for some time, and China has previously promised not to cut supplies drastically.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12088195

Maybe instead of bitching about this they should invent another process for manufacture.

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Re: China cuts rare earth exports.
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2010, 05:19:23 pm »
Japan has a stock of said rare metals, the number of which they have not disclosed.

So probably a fair bit.  Japan's economy could do with the boost, too.

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Re: China cuts rare earth exports.
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2010, 05:21:49 pm »
Honestly doesn't this sound like captialism? Supply and demand, if you control the supply and the demand exists then you are in the drivers seat. Just like OPEC.

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Re: China cuts rare earth exports.
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010, 10:23:20 pm »
Honestly doesn't this sound like captialism? Supply and demand, if you control the supply and the demand exists then you are in the drivers seat. Just like OPEC.

China decided over the past 20 years that Capitalism was A-OK, as long as the whole country does it at once - Communism style.
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Re: China cuts rare earth exports.
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2010, 07:44:37 pm »

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Re: China cuts rare earth exports.
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2010, 08:18:59 pm »
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Re: China cuts rare earth exports.
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2011, 05:09:54 pm »
Honestly doesn't this sound like captialism? Supply and demand, if you control the supply and the demand exists then you are in the drivers seat. Just like OPEC.

China decided over the past 20 years that Capitalism was A-OK, as long as the whole country does it at once - Communism style.

To be honest, pretty much the entire Western world follows this exact same model, so I can see how they would get confused.

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Re: China cuts rare earth exports.
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2011, 12:55:26 am »
Honestly doesn't this sound like captialism? Supply and demand, if you control the supply and the demand exists then you are in the drivers seat. Just like OPEC.

China decided over the past 20 years that Capitalism was A-OK, as long as the whole country does it at once - Communism style.

To be honest, pretty much the entire Western world follows this exact same model, so I can see how they would get confused.

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