People keep moving from rural areas into cities.
US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, “China’s Rare Earths Industry and its Role in the International Market,” Nov. 3, 2010
China produces 97 percent of the world’s rare earth elements, a key component in a large assortment of advanced military and civilian technologies. Increasing global demand and Chinese reductions in export quotas over the past six years have led to international concerns about future supply shortages. Although the United States currently is seeking alternative sources for rare earths, the Government Accountability Office has stated that it may take up to 15 years before the United States is able to rebuild its U.S.-sourced rare earth supply chain. In addition, China’s monopoly over rare earths has led to fears of China using its dominance as leverage to influence other nations’ foreign policies. The following backgrounder seeks to provide an overview of China’s rare earth industry and how it affects the United States.
Kirk Denton will look at the role of politics—especially political parties—in the establishment, administration, architectural design, and historical narratives of museums in Taiwan.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a discussion with Barry Naughton on his assessment of what he and his colleagues got right and wrong in looking at China’s economy over the past four decades.