Business: The U.S. Lacks--

On the Far East, now farther away than ever, the U.S. depends for six vital imports:

Rubber. About 50% of U.S. rubber imports come from the British East, 40% from the Dutch Indies. Since January 1940 the U.S. has built its stocks more than 200% to some 600,000 tons which can be stretched to cover a year's needs. Synthetic production, now at the rate of 12,500 tons a year, may be stepped up to 100,000 tons within a year.

Tin. Malaya supplies 75% of world tin; U.S. stocks total some 140,000 tons, more than a...

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