READ my posts of 2.21.21 & 10.8.21. for a background to REE’s.
“We need to do it here in America. It’s part of our future. We can’t rely on overseas supply chains.” What was the Geologist talking about when he was quoted this week in WSJ.? Answer – Lithium – a REE. read more
CHINA’S SECRET WEAPONS REVISITED !!! there are 12 of them.
They are called REEs – ‘Rare Earth Elements’. To understand see the Blog of 8 October 2020.
There are several reports in S.E. Asia media that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MiiT) in Beijing, is reviewing whether and how to control the export of REEs. However, MiiT notes “export controls are a double-edged sword that should be applied carefully”. read more
Rings Alarm Bells in Washington
The Japan Times reports, the Dara Sakor is a 3.5-billion-dollar Investment Zone where a Chinese State company has acquired a 99-year lease. Planned is an international airport and deep-water seaport together with an industrial park, all alongside an international style tourist resort which encompasses 20 percent of Cambodia’s coastline.
Recently Cambodia demolished the old US naval facility buildings at that country’s Ream Naval Base adjacent to Dara Sakor. The Diplomat reports, that has raised suspicions throughout S E Asia that Cambodia is preparing to lease the base to PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy)- the Chinese Navy. read more
They are called REEs – “Rare Earth Elements”: A family of 12 silvery metals with highly UNUSUAL physical and chemical properties. They are the critical components of our modern technologies. Everything from X-ray machines, TV screens, MRI scanners, hard disk drives to power tools and electric cars.
What might the West expect from Japan’s new leader??
Shinzo Abe was Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister since WII. His resignation was unexpected but the Liberal Democratic Party moved swiftly to choose a new leader. Their choice was Yoshihide Suga who has been Abe’s Cabinet Secretary for several years. That suggests continuity at least with existing domestic policies and especially with ‘Abe’s economies’ where Suga was one of the architects. read more
“US military eyes new generation of space weapons”, reports the Financial Times in London.
In June Beijing has completed its constellation of 35 BeiDou third generation satellites to power China’s alternative to America’s GPS.
Military and civilian satellites play a crucial role in both US defence and the Global Economy. Military planners worry that now with its own GPS (BeiDou), China could disable US satellite systems in the event of armed confrontation. An idea a decade ago that seemed preposterous, but now?