Tech Companies Depend on China for Rare Earths. Can That Change? | WSJ

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Neodymium is critical to making the wheels of a Tesla spin or creating sound in Apple’s Airpods, and China dominates the mining and processing of this rare-earth mineral. So the U.S. and its allies are building their own supply chain. Photo illustration: Clément Bürge/WSJ

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Capt RRRdog May 7, 2021 - 9:00 AM

N60 is one of the 4 elements needed for THE SPATIAL OR SEARL EFFECT GENERATOR (SEG). China knows if they can corner this market, they can control gigawatts of electrical energy that this technology can produce.

paul starr May 7, 2021 - 9:28 AM

GO TOO AFRECA THEY HAVE THEM AS FOR CHINA WELL THEY HAVE NO ORA CHINA BACKSTABBBED THE USA AND THEY SHALL BACKSTABB RUSSIA AS WELL

Kitten Club May 7, 2021 - 11:14 AM

When I heard neodymium name im thinking, is it real thing or science fiction, cause it hear like vibranium or something….

jonny5777 May 7, 2021 - 11:32 AM

China is playing the long game not thinking in years but centuries but they will poison themselves and the rest of us if they’re not careful. I’ve visited their factories in their non tourist cities and they are disgusting

Anime Lover May 7, 2021 - 11:42 AM

US are creating the problem.

Anime Lover May 7, 2021 - 11:42 AM

US wants to have monopoly over everything.

Anime Lover May 7, 2021 - 11:49 AM

So now Trump is great.

shangpush May 7, 2021 - 12:29 PM

General Motors sold its REE processing technology to Chinese interests in about 2008. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew what this meant for our economic security, and was furious. Several years later — after GM had closed dozens of its US factories and opened many new plants in the PRC — the federal government used taxpayer dollars to bail it out from default. In subsequent negotiations concerning worker compensation with GM's top brass, the UAW president called the outrageous money grab by management "disgusting." Sometimes the free market is dysfunctional . . . I hope the Biden administration is very careful in spending taxpayer dollars to subsidize our fledging REE companies.

Cory May 7, 2021 - 12:33 PM

China tried to restrict rare earths causing companies to mine their own. This made the price of Chinese rare earths to plummet. Nice try China.

Lei Lei Win May 7, 2021 - 12:38 PM

Myanmar has lots of rare earths & China is taking them illegally thanks to the military……

Clark Mills May 7, 2021 - 12:55 PM

If it took 3 decades for China to spin up their industry…. then it will take the West 6 decades to "catch up" to China. China just moves so fast!

Baldur Vizla May 7, 2021 - 1:30 PM

There is enough rare materials all over this planet but only in China there is enough low cost workers and environment to waste. You can make this in USA as well. You are a liar.

John My views May 7, 2021 - 1:59 PM

So f35 and f22 have Chinese technology

sutats May 7, 2021 - 2:06 PM

When they start using them in time machines their prices are going to rocket.

N/a N/A May 7, 2021 - 2:37 PM

and they realised when?

vj the vj May 7, 2021 - 2:54 PM

As always, Dominance, security, sustainability .. nonsense

Jkjkjk May 7, 2021 - 3:33 PM

Afraid that beijing can cut supply to the US? Who started trade wars? 🤔 let’s see.. ooh it’s the americans

Walter Black May 7, 2021 - 3:58 PM

Poor Malaysians, you actually thought the white people were doing you a favor?

Thanh Tran May 7, 2021 - 3:59 PM

It's great to see that people are willing to learn from China. Also, where does the producer get this quote: "warned that it could stop the export of rare earth materials to the US". Don't bring up things without any backup evidence. I know one thing for sure, China treats international relations more professionally than the US

linkzable May 7, 2021 - 4:33 PM

China has all the patents on PROCESSING. That's the choke point, not mines or deposits. 🙄

Fred Frond May 7, 2021 - 4:48 PM

You mean Lynas copied IP from China.

Frank Liu May 7, 2021 - 4:50 PM

What goes around comes around. US now spends more money and energy to prevent being sanctioned by China on its rare earth supply, which sanction was caused by US trade sanctions on semiconductor technology against China. US loves to shoot itself on the foot in order to “punish” others.

Mais Loloda May 7, 2021 - 5:19 PM

Good job China

Oved Appr May 7, 2021 - 5:29 PM

Quebec has rare earth ! And last I checked nobody was even caring about mining it ! And that part of the world is a fiscal paradise for mining company !

Markos Mataas May 7, 2021 - 5:31 PM

It's not CHINA which is literally cutting access of westerners to rare earths. It is the US which trying to cut out CHINA from high-end chips or even slowing them down to developed higher end chips 7nm and below. Lol.

Arno Wisp May 7, 2021 - 6:29 PM

This is like the plot out of Black Ops 2

Retarded Phyu Phwe May 7, 2021 - 6:42 PM

No. China don’t extract it domestically, also exploit and steal rare earths from its neighbouring Myanmar, Kachin State.

Bad corrupt governments.

Abhishek Gupta May 7, 2021 - 6:48 PM

Because if anybody else than the "West" has any power, it's bad? White people always good. Great!

Fernando R May 7, 2021 - 8:42 PM

Yes that can change, start recycling dummies. I can't believe america is not mining landfills for these metals already. There has to bee tons in there

Tyler Richard May 7, 2021 - 9:01 PM

Investing in crypto now should be in every wise individuals list, in some months time you'll be ecstatic with the decision you made today.

One in a billion May 7, 2021 - 9:22 PM

"Now your tech could be under threat." Hmmm.

Ian MgRX May 7, 2021 - 10:16 PM

If the USA wasn’t so fear mongering and war mongering, this wouldn’t have been a problem 🙂

Fabb T May 8, 2021 - 12:02 AM

“Visited Chinese plant several times” — Is this IP theft or it suddenly is ok by western standards

Fabb T May 8, 2021 - 12:04 AM

And after 10 years they would say China stole the refining tech from the west….

Jared _ May 8, 2021 - 12:08 AM

Mianzi in China will have producers there posturing for greener methods will utilizing the same leeching techniques. Western countries will have to subsidize the processing costs.