Eurasia Group’s weekly selection of essential reading for the political-risk junkie — presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.
“Russia to invest $1 bln in rare earths to cut dependence on China” – Gleb Stolyarov, Reuters
With China currently producing 90 percent of the world’s rare earth supplies, Russia has announced its desire to get involved too. After all, Russia’s rare earths consumption is expected to quadruple by 2020.
“China Billionaires: Sharp Rise in Richest” – Sky News
A decade ago, China had no dollar billionaires. Now China has more than any other country except the U.S. What sectors do the wealthiest Chinese hail from?
“Fertility Rate Stabilizes as the Economy Grows” – Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times