Ambassador Alan Wolff, former U.S. deputy trade representative and currently director of the Monterey Institute’s International Trade and Development Policy Initiative, was quoted in Wednesday’s New York Times in an article titled “After China’s Rare Earth Embargo, a New Calculus.” The article explores the issues surrounding a recent undeclared embargo by China on exports of so-called “rare earth” minerals. Ambassador Wolff is quoted commenting on the possibility that China will be called before the World Trade organization to justify its actions. “A panel would sympathize with a genuine environmental objective,” said Ambassador Wolff. “But I do not think it would sympathize with cutting off supply disproportionately to foreign users in the name of saving the environment.”
In a related note, the International Trade and Development Policy Initiative will host the third speaker in the Monterey Institute’s ongoing Trade Speaker Series on November 18. Charles Freeman, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, will speak on “The Politics of U.S. - China Trade: Nationalism and Interdependence” from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18 in the Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street in Monterey.