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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- The relative ease at which the Taliban was able to run roughshod over Afghanistan as well as the United States’ shoddy exit have led to a lot of questions.
One question that needs to be examined is how much Joe Biden’s ties to China through his drug-addled son Hunter is playing a part in what is going on in Afghanistan.
According to CNN Business in London, the swift fall of the country has brought focus on the country’s untapped mineral wealth, so vast that some experts say it could transform the country’s economic prospects if ever developed.
While Afghanistan is one of the poorest nations in the world, U.S. military officials and geologists revealed in 2010 that the country is sitting on mineral deposits worth an estimated $1 trillion.
According to a 2010 CNN report, the country has “vast supplies of minerals such as iron, copper and gold, all with worldwide technological applications,” the Defense Department said at the time.
Moreover and this is where things get interesting, the country is also sitting on what could be one of the world’s largest reservoirs of lithium—an essential, however scarce component in rechargeable batteries and other technologies which would be ostensibly used in tackling so-called “climate change.”
“Afghanistan is certainly one of the regions richest in traditional precious metals, but also the metals [needed] for the emerging economy of the 21st century,” said Rod Schnoonover, a scientist and security expert who founded the Ecological Futures Group.
This sentence in the CNN piece is striking, especially if you consider Biden’s recent promise to switch all new cars to electric within nine years—by 2030.
“Demand for metals like lithium and cobalt, as well as rare earth elements such as neodymium, is soaring as countries try to switch to electric cars and other clean technologies to slash carbon emissions.”
According to the CNN piece, the average electric vehicle needs six times more minerals than a conventional car, according to the International Energy Agency in a May statement.
The agency further said that “global supplies of lithium, copper, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements needed to increase sharply or the world would fail in its attempt to tackle the climate crisis.”
According to the US government, Afghanistan’s estimated lithium deposits could rival those in Bolivia, where the world’s largest known reserves of the vital mineral are located.
All of this comes at the same time when Breitbart is reporting that according to China’s state-run Global Times, Beijing has a significant interest in Afghanistan’s rare-earth mineral resources, also saying that it is basically none of America’s concern if China makes deals with the Taliban terrorists to get what it wants.
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Recall that Hunter Biden was completely open about his business dealings with CEFC China Energy, as reported in a July 2019 profile of him in the New Yorker.
According to Jim Geraghty writing in National Review last October, Biden received an expensive diamond from Chinese energy tycoon Ye Jianming, who was trying to make connections with prominent Democrats and Republicans in Washington, DC.
Biden, then on the board of the World Food Program USA, a nonprofit that generates support for the U.N. World Food Programme, Biden offered to use his contacts to help identify “investment” opportunities for the Chinese oligarch for the benefit of CEFC China Energy.
After dinner, Ye sent Biden a 2.8 carat diamond in what appeared to be a clear bribe. Hunter Biden pooh poohed the notion it was a bribe since his father was no longer in office at the time.
While this was true, Joe Biden was widely believed to be a potential presidential candidate in 2020, even having formed a political action committee, a clear sign he planned on a presidential run, as the New York Times opined.
According to numerous sources, CEFC had significant close ties to the Chinese government and therefore the Chinese Communist Party. In fact, in 2018, CNN wrote, “at it’s height, Ye’s company, CEFC China Energy, aligned itself so closely with the Chinese government that it was often hard to distinguish between the two.”
At some point, Ye ran afoul of the Chinese government and Chinese president Xi Jinping. He was taken into custody and has not been seen since March 2018.
The New York Post reported that Hunter Biden’s deal with CEFZC would be split six ways, including “10 held by H [Hunter Biden] for the big guy”—which appeared to mean 10 percent.
Tony Bobulinski, a whistleblower, told Fox News the email was authentic and that the “Big Guy” referenced in the May 13, 2017 email is Joe Biden, Bobulinski said in a statement to Fox News.
So what does all of this mean and what does it have to do with Afghanistan? First off, there are a number of questions as to why Joe Biden would pull the remainder of US troops out of Afghanistan in the manner he did, and apparently in direct opposition to advice from military and Pentagon advisers.
Why would he pull all military assets out of the country with an estimated 10,000 or more civilians still scattered throughout the country? None of it makes sense.
According to the Breitbart piece, despite CNN’s estimate of the rare earth metals having a worth of $1 trillion, some estimates say it could be as high as $3 trillion.
Global Times reported that CNBC reported on Tuesday that “China may align itself with Taliban and try to exploit Afghanistan’s rare-earth metals,” which was cited by an investment analyst’s “warning.”
The outlet noted that “the US troops’ withdrawal and the drastic change in Afghanistan’s situation is undoubtedly a heavy blow to US economic interests in Afghanistan and the wider region.”
They alleged that the US may try to restrict future cooperation between the war-torn country and other countries.
“The so-called ‘warnings’ in the CNBC report show that American firms doing business in Afghanistan are dissatisfied with Washington’s hasty evacuation and therefore the loss of their ‘privileges,’ and it also reveals the US’ fear of possible advancement for China with regard to the rare-earth sector.”
In the CNBC report, Shamaila Khan, director of emerging market debt for AllianceBernstein said that it was a “very dangerous proposition for the world” “to let the Taliban (and, by extension, its new best friends in Beijing) control those much needed minerals,” Breitbart reported.
On Thursday, India’s Business Standard said the components China is looking for “are a key component for a host of advanced technologies like iPhones and high tech missile guidance systems,” as well as “rechargeable batteries for electric and hybrid cars, advanced ceramics, computers, DVD players, wind turbines, catalysts in cars and oil refineries, monitors, televisions, lighting, lasers, fiber optics, superconductors and glass polishing.” [emphasis added]
The outlet noted that China already is the world’s top supplier of rare earths, controlling about two-thirds of the global supply. By taking control of Afghanistan’s minerals, this will help China “preserve its monopolistic position by making it harder for other countries to decouple from Chinese supply lines.”
So all of this leads to the question—why would Biden give up Afghanistan without so much as a whimper? While nobody wanted a so-called “endless war” in that country, our presence there wasn’t unlike other military outposts the US maintains, such as those in Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan for example. In the past 18 months, not one of our approximately 2,500 troops in that country were killed.
As always, follow the money. Someone (or some people) are going to get very wealthy as a result of the United States bailing out of Afghanistan in such a reckless, hurried and bizarre manner.
In the coming weeks, months and years there are going to be some familiar names being shown to have cleaned up financially on this fiasco. Given the history of the Biden crime family, would it surprise anyone of the name Biden showed up on that list?
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