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Rare Earth Elements in the Asia-Pacific

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Monday, October 21, 2013
Explore the effect of rare earth elements on relationships between Asia-Pacific countries through a panel presentation.
When: October 21, 2013
                 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:
Johns Hopkins University
                  Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
                  Rome Auditorium
                  1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Speakers:

  • Leigh Hendrix, Associate, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC
  • Marc Humphries, Specialist in Energy and Mineral Policy, Congressional Research Service
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Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are chemical elements that are critical for your mobile phones, laptops, green technologies, and even defense systems. Despite the fact that REEs are more abundant than silver and gold with known reserves in Australia and the US, China continues to monopolize global REE supplies, which could negatively impact the national security interests of other countries. Countries such as Japan, which account for two-thirds of China’s REE exports and relies on its supply to fuel its automotive and electronics industries, have argued that China’s monopoly over REEs are dangerous, as China has imposed trade embargos on REEs to gain political leverage.

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