U.S. ambassador asked China not to trade weapons for the rare earth
information Chart: 2009 national reserves of rare earth data for: January to September this year, the world rare earth price changes
Global Network reporter Zhong Weidong December 21 reported that the Chinese Rare Earth exports some foreign countries has been the “concern” focus. U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman recently in public interviews, speculation that China may be due to political reasons and to limit Japanese exports of rare earths, and then ask the Chinese not to take the earth as a “weapon.”
21, according to Agence France-Presse news, U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman to accept the U.S. in the 19 well-known program “Charlie Rose talk show” interview that China should not take rare earth products as a “trade weapons.” Huntsman is for Japan accused China of “cut off” incident of the supply of rare earth in Japan to make a comment. Huntsman said: “Japan should stimulate discussion of the case, because China is rare in this process as the ‘trade of weapons’.” He also said that Japan has deep feelings, relations between the two countries had reverted to normal.
Huntsman also said, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO) regulations, reducing the rare earth in China shipping procedures, as well as “greater scope.” He believes that some provisions may be contrary to China’s WTO rules, and that the United States on the issue “under study”, but these problems “with other cases of violation of WTO rules than not obvious.”
Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming visited Washington last week, China denied political motivation and reduce external exports of rare earths. He said the Chinese government’s management of rare earth mining out of environmental considerations, the Chinese companies thus affected.