Our glittering game machines and our shiny gadgets aren't made possible by merely fancy tech and electricity. They are here because minerals called rare earths, which are found in rich sludge and mud. Currently, China controls over 90 percent of the world's current supply of rare earths. That, however, could change.
China's current dominance is, as previously pointed out, one reason why the iPad must be made in China—and probably a reason why many electronics are now made in China at facilities like Foxconn (above, pictured).