We Can Win the Critical Minerals Battle vs. China

We Can Win the Critical Minerals Battle vs. China
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Despite repeated nefarious actions that violate both American and international norms of behavior, American supply chains are reliant upon China for critical goods and materials important to U.S. national security. This is true of everything from automotive parts and electronics to pharmaceuticals and medical products.

Another supply chain that is overly dependent on China is that of critical minerals, including the “rare earth elements (REEs).” Critical minerals and REEs are used in electronic products like smart phones, computer and TV screens, and LED lights. But they are also needed to build satellites and important defense systems like aircraft and guidance systems, refine crude oil, and generate power from renewable energy sources.

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