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CHINA TO MODIFY RARE EARTHS EXPORT POLICY?

This is interesting. An article at phys.org notes that China, under pressure from its largest trading partner, the European Union (that's right folks, it's not the USA), may modify its rare earths export policy:

European envoy: China may alter rare earths policy

I thought this was interesting not so much for what was being said, but for what's hovering in the background, namely, increasing tension between the USA and China over America's growing insolvency, and China's recent dumping of large amounts of US debt it holds. We have also to bear in mind the realignment taking place with the so-called BRICS nations (China, Russia, India, Brazil), fed up with the Anglo-American elite and growing American military adventurism.

Then, we add into the background Germany's initial refusal to become involved in the whole NATO-Libya venture, and then President B.O.'s announcement with Chancellorin Merkel that Germany would play a major role in post-Qaddafi Libya, a role I suspect was brokered, in part, by Chinese pressure, for China had large investments in Libya, and Germany, as the economic leader of the European Union and China's largest single European trading partner, would be a logical mediator between western and oriental interests in that country.

But let's not make too much of this story either. It's all part of the normal jockeying and maneuvering that takes place in the day-to-day of geopolitics. What intrigues me though is that the story makes it sound as it if was European, rather than American, pressure that tipped China's hand. How all this will play out is anybody's guess, but it does signal that one has yet another factor to watch closely now, and that is European-Chinese relationships and mutual economic policies. If we see significant convergence there, then it's another signal in the ongoing "game of princes" that will have to be analyzed very carefully.

7 thoughts on “CHINA TO MODIFY RARE EARTHS EXPORT POLICY?”

  1. Less fear mongering folks and read the article? Trade wars are nothing new just the technology changes.

  2. Chinese leaders (such was mentioned during the recent meeting between Premier Wen jiabao and German chancellor Merkel) have continuously called the EU for the lift of “weapons embargo” on China which was issued by the EU after 1989 crackdown of ‘pro-democracy movement”.

    Since rare earths are essentials for building weapons and high-tech alike, and given the sequence of events, i am inclined to think the suspected European pressure is the net result of Chinese pressure on “the weapons embargo”, which means the modify of Chinese rare earth policy could be the signal of Eu’s modify of its “weapons embargo” policy on China.

    Such developments could be a herald of transition from “energy war” to “energy revolution” which requires world co-operation based on a peaceful and stable environment, a transition led by the BRICS, Hence, the lift of “Weapons embargo” could be really about the lift of “high-tech embargo”, and “high-tech”, of which the Anglo-American elites have been holding back in order to maintain their “oil-dependent” world rule, is essential for such transition.

  3. You have to be careful not to sound like a Teapartier. America is less “insolvent” than unwilling to pursue sane foreign, tax, and industrial policies.

    Also, if China had really “dumped” US Tbills the buck would be worth a whole lot less, and except for the yen, not much has changed.

    I suspect the powers that be in Germany or China get that there’s some inherent value that hasn’t been disclosed. You can certainly guess what that is.

    I note that a “terrorist bombing” just happened in a country with a separate currency, arms industry, significant oil reserves; that kind of ff thing is much more interesting than Libya.

  4. In the wake of Japan finding of rare-earths in the oceans China control of rare-earths seems to be capable of being challenged and and in what other areas of the earth will they be found. Though where they were found will present great difficulties of recovery because they are deep under the ocean. As I write this if you have the radio or television on you will be following what has just happen in Norway a possible false flag operation and what did they do to encurr the wrath of the Anglo-Americans your thoughts.

    1. I think someone somewhere knows how to make these rare earths in quantity out of basically nothingness, much easier than operating mining equipment deep underwater, so that all seems like a distraction.

      Norway, like Switzerland, is rich and plays it’s own tune–this kind of ff thing is used to draw them into the club concerned about the next attack.

  5. Sounds like another part of the dialectic being set in place by the anglo/american banking and elite establishment. Any guesses on where this fits in their overall plan for world govt?

    1. Sorry it’s your ilk who will be demanding “world govt” because of fear induced by: terrorists, aliens, secret revived Nazi weapons, Latin Americans on the Arizona border–stop being played.

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