Chris Barnard writes in The Hill that China is seeking to extend its monopoly on critical minerals with the help of the Taliban.
- China currently holds a monopoly on the supply of critical minerals and is leveraging Afghanistan’s resources for geopolitical purposes.
- Given the importance of rare earth minerals for our national security and energy future, the United States should look to establish a secure and reliable supply chain that is not dependent on China.
- By engaging in policies that are rooted in economic freedom, such as easing regulatory burdens for domestic mining and engaging in free trade, the United States can establish a more secure rare earth mineral supply chain.
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