Rare Earths, Bonds and Permit Hell: Three Weapons China Can Use to Escalate the Trade War

The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has been intense. Even disputes with other countries have often been used as ways to indirectly attack China. Overall, China has found subtle ways to beat Donald Trump at his own trade war, even as it has suffered economic damage in turn. But China has yet […]

China’s Rare Earth Metals Aren’t the Trade War Weapon Beijing Makes Them Out to Be

China has a stranglehold on rare earth supplies. It could use that to throttle the U.S. That was the thinly-veiled threat President Xi Jinping sent during his first domestic trip since trade negotiations imploded this month. Flanked by his chief negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, Xi took a tour of a factory in Jiangxi province […]