In September, China stopped shipping rare earths, minerals crucial to military, cell phone and green technologies, to countries around the world. A report from the Bureau for International Reporting.
This 2010 video shows how a primary sector economic activity is reshaping global industry. Green technologies are dependent on these mining resources and China is the world's rare earth 'superpower.' Many factories have relocated in China in part because of cheap labor, but also to gain access to these rare earths.