Rare Earth Elements: The Next Oil
Rare earth elements (REE) are increasingly becoming a critical strategic resource. The 17 elements can be found in most high-tech
gadgets from advanced military technology to mobile phones. China currently holds claim to 95 percent of the world’s production.
Recent Chinese export reductions have forced high-tech firms to relocate to China and forced other governments, particularly in the
developed world, to pour money into their exploration and production. This month Japan’s Trade Minister met with his Chinese
counterpart, at the top of the agenda was REEs. Rare earths are fast becoming “the next oil.”
Compatible Interests? The EU and China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Executive Summary While China and the European Union are at opposite ends of the Eurasian continent, booming trade, along with China’s rise as a global power, has made their relationship […]
Snapshot of the U.S.-China Trade War
Summary • The U.S.-China Trade War is the culmination of a longstanding trade friction. Washington cites unfair Chinese trade practices and intellectual property violations, allegations that Beijing has challenged. • […]
Economic Dreams and Geopolitical Realities: How will the India-China-Russian Dynamic Unfold in Greater Central Asia?
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Greater Central Asia (GCA) has undertaken various efforts to reshape the political and economic landscape of Asia. This has driven a process by […]
The Ice Silk Road: Is China a “Near-Arctic-State”?
Ms. Maud Descamps explores the economic and political impact surrounding potential new trade routes that could open-up in the Arctic region given the rapid pace of melting polar ice-caps. Her […]
Japan’s Opaque Energy Policy toward Russia: Is Abe Being Trumped by Putin?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with his self-proclaimed deep trust in President Vladimir Putin, has made striking a historic deal on improving Japan-Russia relations a priority. The Abe administration’s […]
Human Rights as a Policy Tool in Asia: Hypocrisy or Commitment?
Introduction The human rights situation in Asia has been in a steep decline over the last few years, from Myanmar’s attacks against students and the civilian population, China’s offensive against […]