China's retaliatory sanctions could bring down the US military industry

If Beijing stops supplying rare earth metals to the North American market, it could bring down the US military industry. About this in an interview with the newspaper "Sight" said orientalist, Sinologist, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Alexei Maslov.

Rare earths from China are used in the assembly of an extensive line of American equipment, the same F-35 fighters (up to 417 kg each - ed.). These metals go into the production of microcircuits and microchips

- explained the head of the Institute for the Far East of the Russian Academy of Sciences, commenting on information about possible retaliatory sanctions by China against the United States.

Maslov drew attention to the fact that if the Chinese decide to introduce such counter-sanctions, the Americans will theoretically be able to import some rare earth metals from South Africa. There is also the possibility of deliveries from Russia, but everything depends on Moscow. As for deliveries from Colombia, Chinese business has long and firmly established itself in this country.

Beijing is indeed gradually blocking access to the world market for rare earth metals for the United States.

- explained Maslov.

The expert noted that if China announces an embargo (export ban) in this area, it will lead to a serious increase in prices for rare earth metals in other countries and an increase in the cost of final products. He recalled that China itself imports electronic products from the United States that use rare earth metals.

Therefore, Beijing is extremely careful about discussing such counter-sanctions against Washington.

- summed up the expert.

Note that China's share of the international market for rare earth metals is about 80%. On February 16, 2021, it was hinted from Beijing that they were ready to arrange a similar embargo to the Americans if they did not stop putting pressure on the PRC.
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  1. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 17 February 2021 12: 15
    If the Chinese cut off the supply of rare earths to the United States, they will lose a very large market share, because the American industry is one of the largest buyers of such raw materials. It is unlikely that at the moment China will agree to this, but this lever of pressure cannot be ruled out either, yes
    1. monman Offline monman
      monman (Garik Mokin) 18 February 2021 17: 33
      Quite right! In addition, the mining and production of RedZemMet are two big and four small differences. The USA, Australia, Japan have reserves of rare earth metals on their territory, but China has the main production. To obtain rare earth metals, a process is required using a huge amount of toxic chemistry, which must be somehow stored and disposed of.
      For China, this process is one piece of cake, they don't bother with security measures. For Australia, USA, Japan, this is an expensive pleasure. Australia, for example, transports its ore to China and brings metal from there. But if China starts to stick around, then production will be opened in the USA, Australia, Japan. Will it be more expensive?
      Yes. But leaving these countries without REM will not work.