Is this a story about the 'Age of Scarcity', or is it a story about the locus of Geo-politics shifting eastwards, or is it a story about the New Nationalism? The truth is, that it is all of them at once. Futurists have a knack of describing trends and scenarios as if they were separate and discrete views of the future. For analysis, it is better to assume that they are. In practice though, reality is a bit more messy. Many trends and scenarios inter-act with each other and need to be disentangled. The story of Rare Earth Elements is one such case in hand.
BBC News - US inquiry into China rare earth shipments
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