Yes Jacob, thanks for the point. That is what I meant. If its difficult to force China to export the REEs to other countries, its impossible that China allows other countries to carry out extraction procedures on its land. The ideal effort from all the affected countries would be to dig out their own land or make collaborations with other friendly countries so that they dont need to remain dependant on the Chinese production.
WaqasAltaf, its dam sure that China may come up with some business models from it. In first sight, they won’t allow any other countries to do any sort of expeditions in their soil. They may work out for it with a better business model by attracting foreign companies, who can generate revenue for China.
Its disappointing to see earth's resources being controlled by a single country. Its time that all countries start considering to extract from their lands or finding alternatives for manufacturing as it is unlikely that China or even anyone who holds such control in the future, will listen to WTO agreement or pressure from other countries.
However, in the short-run, all the other affected countries should take actions to convince China or else threaten to impose restrictions on export of its products. An unbiased involvement from UN would be ideal thing to have.
I read this morning that the US DOD, at least, doesn't think REE quotas is a problem. They believe there is enough available domestically. Not helpful to the Obama administration's case before the WTO. Ouch!
Limiting the production of processed rare earths is one card that globalization has dealt the Chinese. Using environmental concerns as an excuse may win it a reprieve in the court of public opinion. The WTO though is notorious in discounting local environmental statutes when they are restrictive of exports though.
The competitive advantage in materials may result in raising the standard of living in China. This might be good news for other areas of the world that are looking to attract industry.
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