Rare earth mining is a dirty business and so is a trade tit-for-tat. The unintended effects can be messy and rebound in unexpected ways for the countries involved. Photo: Reuters
Richard Harris
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The View by Richard Harris

China should think hard before using rare earths as a ‘weapon’ in trade tit-for-tat with US over Huawei

  • The 2010 weaponisation of rare earths rebounded badly on China, even as US sanctions on Huawei look to be doing the same to Americans
  • Tit-for-tat action usually ends up in pain for all but, in the long term, competition can also herald change and a fresh economic equilibrium

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Rare earth mining is a dirty business and so is a trade tit-for-tat. The unintended effects can be messy and rebound in unexpected ways for the countries involved. Photo: Reuters
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