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Accession Number ADA574014
Title China's Rare Earth Policies: Economic Statecraft or Interdependence.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 115p
Personal Author R. K. Smith
Abstract This study is about discovering to what extent China uses its rare earth element policies as a tool of economic statecraft. With China's virtual monopoly on this resource and the United States' increasingly growing demand, it is necessary to examine how China intends on using its economic power. The study builds a comparative framework using both structural realism and neoliberal institutionalism, by identifying theory predictions in terms of China's strategic intent and the specific policies it might employ in the rare earth element sector. Specifically, the study finds that Beijing has and will continue to use its rare earth policies as a tool of economic statecraft, but with restraint. Despite its present reliance on economic interdependence with the United States, as China continues to modernize the structure of its economy, more statecraft interventions will likely occur. Beijing was successful in utilizing its rare earth policies as a tool of economic statecraft both by influencing the behavior of its international and its domestic commercial actors. China will leverage its near-monopoly on the rare earths industry by continuing to aggressively employ policies that meet its long-term strategic objectives.
Keywords China
Domestic consumption
Ecological environments
Economic statecraft
Foreign ally partnerships
Neo liberal institutionalism
Rare earth elements
Strategic analysis
Structural realism
United states
Virtual monopoly

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 96 - Business & Economics
99D - Basic & Synthetic Chemistry
48 - Natural Resources & Earth Sciences
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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