The Ree Embargo on Japan

"Sparking a Crisis"

  • The kafuffle over the Japanese seizure of a fishing boat captain in disputed waters resulted in China playing the REE card in a hostile manner.
  • The Japanese caving so rapidly set a VERY bad precedent letting the Chinese think that strategic metals are so desperately needed that virtually anything can be negotiable upon their withholding
  • The event was a big wake-cup call making Western governments see that the REEs and all other metals where China has dominance (eg.Antimony, Tungsten) are open for use as bargaining chips and they WILL be used as such