China GDP Growth Spurt & the Rare Earths Connection

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Re: China GDP Growth
Hawk   10/28/2010 8:28:17 PM

Barbara, China is after stability, both economically and politically. That's why it must keep its currency relatively stable. Have you seen what the herd of currency speculators can do to a defenseless currency? You can bet they would like to start a run on the Yuan right now and are putting aside the resources to take on China's currency if it is ever allowed to float. This does not mean it is in China's long-term interest to keep its currency on a tight leash, however. The rest of the world won't stand for it and will eventually kick hard enough to get their points across and influence change in China.

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The China-Africa Equation
Dave Sasson   10/28/2010 8:19:44 PM

I think it will be interesting how all this plays out.  One major aspect of all this to watch is China’s increasing influence in Africa.  In recent years, economic activity in Africa has surged by China becoming a large investor in many African nations.  This is no coincidence as these African nations are also rich in natural resources.  Yes, China will be a major player in REE exploration and mining, but will Africa become the new battleground due to its vast and untouched resources?  Keep your eyes on Africa’s future role in the REE supply chain as well.

Barbara Jorgensen
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China GDP Growth
Barbara Jorgensen   10/28/2010 8:09:08 PM

Thanks for a well-researched, balanced article. China is in the news a lot, but you hit on the areas most crucial to the supply chain. I have a question: The world economy is tied to China's growth, but China seems to want to keep itself detatched --at least in the currency markets--from global economics. What are your thoughts?

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Re: Good article
Ariella   10/28/2010 11:58:02 AM

Very interesting, Joanne. Do you have any ideas in mind for what can be done to try to keep China's growth stable and not repeat the types of crises experienced in the past? 

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Good article
DennisQ   10/28/2010 11:20:33 AM

Thanks for the solid article, Joanne, you touch on a lot of interesting points. Of particular interest to me is...

China’s real estate markets are still on shaky ground. We’re all familiar with risks associated with uncontrolled growth in financial and real estate markets.

It is somewhat fascinating to me how different the Chinese real estate market is. For example, in certain provinces, the government has restrictions on the number of homes and real estate one is allowed to purchase. Obviously, this is a practice which could never happen in the states!

I'm very interested to see how things shake out.

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