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Essential Ingredients: Will China’s Dominance in Raw Materials Imperil the U.S.?


Online Briefing

Tuesday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. Eastern

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They are ingredients essential for everything from livestock feed to advanced weaponry to green technology. And they are increasingly mined or processed in China – upwards of 90% for some. From “rare earth elements” used in wind turbines and jet fighters, to vitamins used in food supplies, these raw materials are vital to American and global commerce. Many countries – including the United States – have essentially outsourced their production to one country: China. But as China grows more powerful, more assertive and more competitive militarily, the Trump administration is eager to reduce U.S. dependence. In this 60-minute briefing, we’ll hear from experts on why the U.S. gave up production of many of these vital materials, what could happen if China locks down exports of them, and the prospects for diversifying vital supply chains.

The briefing will be held on Zoom, and journalists who register may ask questions by audio or chat.



  • Glenn Luckinbill, director, Supply Chain Innovation Forum, Ivy College of Business, Iowa State University. @ISU_CoB

  • Jane Nakano, senior fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies. @CSISEnergy

  • Kristin Vekasi, assistant professor, Department of Political Science and School of Policy and International Affairs, University of Maine. @ProfVekasi

This program is sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation, an Asia-based philanthropic organization that works to advance mutually beneficial and sustainable global trade. NPF retains sole responsibility for programming and content of the briefings.