FILE PHOTO: Samples of rare earth minerals from left: Cerium oxide, Bastnaesite, Neodymium oxide and Lanthanum carbonate at Molycorp’s Mountain Pass Rare Earth facility in Mountain Pass, California June 29, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker/File Photo
China’s Doctrine of Neocolonialism: China just like the imperialistic powers of the 19th century has established the doctrine of Neocolonialism to control the economic and human resources of the countries China colonized. The vast continent of Africa has virtually transformed into a Chinese Colony. The process of regulating and dominating the market of the Rare Earth Elements is no different. China is able to influence the market conditions by manipulating the political establishments of the countries it has colonized. China’s Expansionism includes expansionism in all its dimensions including influencing the cultural beliefs of the people.
China occupied Tibet, an independent country by using its military force in 1950. I understand that Tibet is the major source of some of these Rare Earth Elements. In my analysis, China’s domination cannot be effectively checkmated without the emancipation of the oppressed Tibetan people. During the Cold War Era, the United States spent billions of dollars to arrest the spread of Communism viewing Communism as a threat to freedom, democracy, peace, justice, and human rights. Now, the world will be forced to recognize the economic inequity imposed by China’s Neocolonialism.
Rare Earth: Has US Lost the Technology Battle Against China?
A Chinese company bought Magnequench,” “Not only did the jobs go to China, but so did the intellectual property and the technological know-how to make those magnets…. I’m not comfortable with the fact that we now have to buy magnets for our bombs from China,” said the exasperated Senator Hillary Clinton in a speech in Pittsburgh on April 14, 2008. Ten years later, in May 2018, the Department of Interior of the US Government published a list of 35 mineral commodities including the ‘rare earth elements group’ and classified them as “critical mineral”, as they were considered critical for the economic and national security of the United States.
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Author: Brigadier V Mahalingam (Retd)
Brigadier V Mahalingam (Retd)Brigadier V Mahalingam (Retd), is a former commander of a Mountain Brigade and former Force Commander of the National Security Guard the country’s elite Counter-terrorism Force. He is a highly regarded defence and strategic analyst and an author.