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
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.