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By Shane Lasley
Metal Tech News 

US exit leaves China $1T of Afghan metals

Rich stores of lithium and REEs may take China time to develop Metal Tech News – September 1, 2021


Last updated 7/12/2022 at 12:41pm

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With rocketing demand for lithium in the batteries of electric vehicles being produced domestically and around the globe, China is looking for new sources of this battery metal.

The United States' withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan opened the door for China to swoop in and lay claim to the more than $1 trillion worth of lithium, rare earths, and other metals and gems estimated to lie below a landscape marked by more than 40 years of continuous war.

Digging up the rich natural resources in Afghanistan will not be easy and it is not likely that China will consider the...

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