Can Australia walk the US-China 'Critical Minerals' extraction tightrope and emerge as a green technology powerhouse?

Australia has tried to walk a tightrope between America, its military ally, and China, its top customer for minerals and ore. This is becoming less and less possible, as USA-China tensions increase.  Marina Yue Zhang, David Gann, and Mark Dodgson, argue for Australia to keep its options open by going beyond minerals exploitation or even competing just for a share of green manufacturing, and to focus on developing "enabling technologies" Panga Media/Shutterstock GLOBALISATION is on shaky ground . As China rises, the United States and its allies are moving to reduce their reliance on the world’s factory. The rivalry between the US and China is wide-ranging, from competition in technology over silicon chips and artificial intelligence to the critical minerals essential for green energy technologies such as grid batteries, wind turbines and electric vehicles. At present, China dominates critical minerals. Beijing has secured supplies of rare earth elements and lithium, which

About AJM

Specialist reporting on Australia-Asia-Pacific minerals and energy exploration, mining and manufacturing projects, people and politics for the advanced supply chains of smart infrastructure & renewable energy.


AJM RESOURCES PUBLISHING was established in 1986 by marketing and media entrepreneur Geoffrey Gold to launch the Australian Journal of Mining. The following year, the Singapore-based Asia Pacific Mining magazine was acquired and merged with AJM to create the Australia, Asian and Pacific Journal of Mining and its companion annual, the Asia/Pacific Mining Yearbook.

In 1993, the magazine was unbundled to re-establish the Australian Journal of Mining and the Asian Journal of Mining as separate publications.

In Indonesia, Geoffrey Gold developed a local joint venture to co-publish a series of special publications in association with the Ministry of Mines and Energy including the Indonesian Mining Handbook series and the Indonesian Minerals Exploration and Mining Directory.

AJM Resources Publishing also conducted major mining industry conferences in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, Jakarta, Indonesia, Manila, Philippines and Singapore.

In 1998 the Australian Journal of Mining was sold to Informa plc in Australia. Geoffrey Gold retained the AJM trademark and published the Asian Journal of Mining from other markets.

From the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Rim AJM, now the AsiaPacific Journal of Mining, continues to publish research and analysis to exploration and mining companies, mining technology and service businesses, national and regional governments, media, sponsors and advertisers.

AJM’s commentary and analysis also provides the latest news about projects and insights for minerals and energy professionals through private bespoke commercial reports and public newsletters and websites:

AsiaPacific Journal of Mining - regular analysis and reports on the projects, people and politics of mining in Asia (archived)

AsiaPacific Mining on Twitter - updates, referrals and two-way information flow through social media.

AsiaPacific Mining on LinkedIn - professional discussions and networking group (entry by approval).

AsiaPacific Journal of Mining on Facebook