Biden-Harris exits Afghanistan out the back door while China enters through the front.
This week, China has reached out to the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initiates diplomatic efforts to strengthen political ties and economic relations after the U.S. military departs from the war-torn country.
According to Derek Grossman, a Senior Defense Analyst of the Rand Corporation, in an article:
“For 20 years, the United States’ presence in Afghanistan, though not always appreciated, has nevertheless served as a predictable and stabilizing force. Now, the prospect of renewed Taliban rule has sparked major anxiety among the region’s powers. For example, earlier this month, Indian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar visited Moscow and Tehran while Taliban representatives were in each city, raising questions about whether back-channel negotiations are ongoing. Moscow is preparing to leverage the six-nation Collective Security Treaty Organization to address potential Afghan-Tajik border potential. The Taliban are taking over on the Afghan side. As Pakistan’s relations with the Afghan government rapidly unravel, Islamabad appears to have negotiated a quid pro quo with the Taliban to reject U.S. bases on Pakistani territory in exchange for the Taliban’s assistance in combating Pakistan’s Taliban-style militants, the organization known as Tehrik-i-Taliban. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an economic and security grouping comprising China, India, Pakistan, Russia, and four Central Asian states, met last week with future Afghan stability at the top of their agenda.”
There is no question that the U.S. is better suited to influence the world from a position of strength rather than weakness. As Donald Trump pointed out, the Afghan War cost the U.S. money and lives with far too little return. He hastily arranged an agreement with the Taliban and was rebuffed when he ordered 2,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan in December of 2020.
Instead, his replacement, Joe Biden, seems to pave the way for the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to mine more rare-earth minerals from Afghanistan. It is part of the strategic plan of the CCP, moving toward a consolidation of debt-funded control of an Asian and African empire with a death grip on natural resources.
As per the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), China controls 85-97 percent of the world’s rare-earth mineral extraction. You read that correctly. The CCP controls up to 97 percent of the necessary elements for technology, batteries, and weaponry. FPRI Senior Research fellow and member of International Institute for Strategic Studies Teufel Dreyer explained:
“Comprising 17 elements used extensively in both consumer electronics and national defense equipment, rare earth elements (REEs) were first discovered and put into use in the United States. However, production gradually shifted to China, where lower labor costs, less concern for environmental impacts, and generous state subsidies enabled the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to account for 97 percent of global production. In 1997, Magnequench, then America’s leading rare piles of earth company, was sold to an investment consortium headed by Archibald Cox, Jr., son of the same-named Watergate prosecutor, with two Chinese state-owned metals firms, San Juan New Materials, and China National Nonferrous Metals Import and Export Company. The chairman of San Huan, son-in-law of paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, became chairman of the company. Magnequench was shut down in the United States, moved to China, and reopened in 2003. It fits in well with Deng’s Super 863 Program to acquire cutting-edge technologies for military applications, including ‘exotic materials.’ This left Molycorp as the last remaining major rare earth producer in the United States until its collapse in 2015.”
Trump wanted to withdraw with whatever dignity we could retain, but Biden decided to abandon Afghanistan hastily and instead cut and run. Under Joe’s orders, the vaunted U.S. military exited Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield in the middle of the night, disconnected the power, and left a ton of supplies in their wake.
Taliban forces waited us out and are now free to resume their reign of terror. But this is the pride of empires. Too often, Great Powers think that they can control the outcome of events. Instead, the U.S. must strategically position itself concerning our rivals, like China.
If he has a plan at all, Joe Biden looks to offer China control of over trillion dollars worth of rare-earth minerals in Afghanistan. The U.S. did not gain oil from Iraq or uranium from Afghanistan. But the Biden family and administration are already proving to be cozier with China.