China’s rare earths dominance makes U.S. supply chains vulnerable, trade representative says (CNBC)

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    China’s rare earths dominance makes U.S. supply chains vulnerable, trade representative says – By Evelyn Cheng (CNBC) / Aug 26, 2023

    • China’s dominance in rare earths makes U.S. supply chains vulnerable, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in an exclusive interview Saturday with CNBC’s Martin Soong.
    • Tai was speaking in New Delhi, India, on the sidelines of B20, the official business dialogue forum of the G20.
    • “What I want to draw your attention to is not just the vulnerabilities around China’s investments [overseas], but the fact that China’s dominant position in the world market now in [rare earths] means that it is able to turn on the faucet and turn off the faucet,” she said.

    China’s dominance in rare earths makes U.S. supply chains vulnerable, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in an exclusive interview Saturday with CNBC’s Martin Soong.

    Rare earth metals are used in high-tech products such as electric car motors. Over the decades, China has built up its ability to process the metals — giving it enormous pricing power in a critical global market.

    “What I want to draw your attention to is not just the vulnerabilities around China’s investments [overseas], but the fact that China’s dominant position in the world market now in [rare earths] means that it is able to turn on the faucet and turn off the faucet,” Tai said.

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