Cary Huang
Cary Huang
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Sino File by Cary Huang

China’s ban on rare earths didn’t work on Japan and won’t work in the trade war with the US

  • China is the world’s biggest producer of rare earths but doesn’t have the monopoly on them
  • After Beijing briefly weaponised them against Tokyo, the Japanese built their own supply chain. China should not use them again, against the US

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Cary Huang

Cary Huang

Cary Huang is a veteran China affairs columnist, having written on this topic since the early 1990s. He joined the Post in 2004, and was based in Beijing between 2005 and 2013, first as a correspondent and then as bureau chief. He was previously China editor at The Standard from 1992 until 2004.