Ranking US Congressman Says China Will Move in Afghanistan to Mine Rare Earth Minerals
McCaul said that as a result, China is the winner and the United States the loser in this situation as are the Afghan people.
.@RepMcCaul says, “China has already recognized the legitimacy of the Taliban… Now you’re going to have China going in mining these rare earth minerals, and they’re the winner… The Taliban will have a huge windfall profit from this that they’ll put into terrorist financing.” pic.twitter.com/NVtMqJfo3L— Washington Post Live (@PostLive) August 17, 2021
However, a report written by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in August of 2018 said those ambitions failed to materialize as the US "extractive sector programming" stayed relatively minimal.