China can stop the US war machine.
Published on 6.6.2022 by French Presstv
The US Army paralyzed by Beijing!
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will meet his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, face-to-face for the first time during a tour of Asia next week. The Chinese government officially contacted the Pentagon on Friday to arrange the meeting. The emphasis will be on “competition management”, according to an American official.
One aspect of the escalating competition between China and the United States is the race for rare earth minerals, according to US television channel Fox News.
“These 17 metallic minerals make up almost everything electronic, including the most important weapons of the United States military like F-35 fighter jets, M1Abrams tanks, surface-to-air missiles, portable radios and everything else.
China currently controls nearly 90% of the world’s supply of rare earth minerals, a supply chain so crucial to national security. [des États-Unis] that the Department of Defense submitted a proposal to the United States House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, requesting $253.5 million to create a larger ore reserve.
If the supply chain for these minerals stops working, planes will stop flying, tanks will stop, and the US military will be in trouble.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton said that if China were to cut off the United States from those resources, the current Department of Defense stockpile would last less than a year.
The production and extraction of these materials in the United States is very limited due to strict environmental regulations. Given growing tensions with China over Taiwan and Ukraine, Beijing’s monopoly on rare earth minerals has become an alarming national security issue for the United States.