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Tom Cotton sponsors bill to end China’s "chokehold" on US rare earth supplies



Jan 21, 2022, 09:43

1. Two US senators have proposed a law aiming to end China’s alleged “chokehold” on rare-earth metal supplies, a statement by the lawmakers said Friday.

The law — proposed by Democrat Mark Kelly and Republican Tom Cotton — would aim to ensure the United States can guarantee its supplies of rare-earth minerals.

“The Chinese Communist Party has a chokehold on global rare-earth element supplies, which are used in everything from batteries to fighter jets,” Cotton said in the statement.

“Ending America’s dependence on the CCP for extraction and processing of these elements is critical to winning the strategic competition against China and protecting our national security,” he said....

It also aims to ensure greater transparency on the origins of the components, restricts the use of rare-earth minerals from China in “sophisticated” defense equipment, and urges the Commerce Department to investigate Beijing’s “unfair trade practices” and impose higher customs duties accordingly.

“Our bipartisan bill will strengthen America’s position as a global leader in technology by reducing our country’s reliance on adversaries like China for rare earth elements,” Kelly said in the statement....

Source: breitbartdotcom

2. Like his proposal to let Chinese students study Shakespeare & the Federalist Papers instead of science in America, Tom Cotton Brain's latest anti-China legislation is another joke. In fact, it is the joke of the century. Just use your brain. Can we consider the US as a competitor in the global rare-earth market when it is fully dependent on imports, primarily from China (about eighty percent)?

Instead of alleging that China has a chokehold on global rare-earth element supplies, Tom Cotton Brain should sponsor a bill urging the two-faced gas-emitting White House incumbent to dig six feet deep all over the country for rare-earth minerals just like the self-declared "Messiah" "huge mushroom head" ex-president "digging coal six feet deep" during the previous administration.

Some experts said that it will take 50 to 100 years to clean up the environment polluted by rare-earth mining.  As the bleak social and environmental costs of rare-earth mining far outweigh the advantage of being the global rare-earth leader, China would be glad to let the US take over its dominant position in the rare-earth supply chain.

Despite the hullabaloo over China’s alleged chokehold on rare-earth metal supplies, crafty America is too happy to be a permanent parasite on cheap rare-earth imports from China as it is fully aware of the 100-year toxic aftermath (百古愁) of rare-earth mining. Hence it is scandalous and despicable for Tom Cotton Brain to allege that China is putting the US in a chokehold on rare-earth metal supplies.

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