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Why ‘Friendshoring’ Is Key to Countering China and Russia

Benjamin Khoshbin writes in National Review about ways to counter China and Russia.

The C3 Take
  • Friendshoring is the process of relocating supply chains from Russia and China to allied countries.
  • The U.S. is heavily reliant on China for rare earth minerals and Russia for uranium, both of which are critical to energy and national security.
  • Friendshoring has already been used when the U.S. stepped up to provide more LNG to Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • To limit China and Russia’s economic influence the U.S. and its allies should turn to open trade and free markets.

“We can aid our allies by increasing energy exports to fill gaps in their supply chains, and we can fill our own shortfalls of critical minerals through public–private collaboration at home and strategic partnerships abroad. Reducing the vulnerability of our allies would discourage China and Russia from further adventurism. These actions would mitigate the risk of all-out conflict while ensuring economic and national security for ourselves and our allies.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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