Has China declared the rare earth war?

Relations between Washington and Beijing have steadily deteriorated in recent years, whether it iscommercial and technological confrontation having opposed the two super-powers in 2018 and 2019, the tensions around the island of Taiwan, or the Chinese claims in the China Sea. All of these latent oppositions now seem to crystallize into direct opposition between the two countries, and provocations and retaliatory measures are increasing on both sides of the Pacific.

Two subjects focus most of the tensions today. First, the massive support given by the United States to Taiwan, with the sale and modernization, in recent months, ofF16 combat aircraft, Abrams M1 tanks or Patriot PAC-3 missiles. It must be said that, for its part, Beijing has increased air and naval maneuvers around the independent island since 1948, of which Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, swore reintegration into the People's Republic of China under his mandate. The United States, for its part, has intensified and strengthened demonstrations of force in the China Sea, in order to indicate to Beijing that Washington did not grant any legitimacy to the annexation of this sea by China to the detriment of its Indonesian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Vietnamese neighbors.

China has deployed artificial military bases on the islands of the Paracels to justify its territorial base

The rest of this article is for subscribers only - from €1 the first month

Full-access articles are available in the “ Free Items“. Subscribers have access to the full Analyses, News and Synthesis articles. Articles in the Archives (more than 2 years old) are reserved for Premium subscribers.

All subscriptions are non-binding.

More information