May 21, 2019

China Raises Threat of Rare-Earths Cutoff to U.S.

Featuring Ashley Feng

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalists Keith Johnson, Elias Groll

With a simple visit to an obscure factory on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping has raised the specter that China could potentially cut off supplies of critical materials needed by huge swaths of the U.S. economy, underscoring growing concerns that large-scale economic integration is boomeranging and becoming a geopolitical weapon.

With the U.S.-China trade war intensifying, Chinese state media last week began floating the idea of banning exports of rare-earth elements to the United States, one of several possible Chinese responses to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to jack up tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods and blacklist telecoms maker Huawei.

Read this and more in Foreign Policy.

  • Ashley Feng

    Research Associate, Energy, Economics, and Security Program

    Ashley Feng is a Research Associate for the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, focusing on East Asia and China. She was a resea...