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Monday, 14 June 2010

2 world problems solved for the price of 1 (a continuing series)

The New York Times is reporting that there are $1,000 billion worth of unexploited minerals in Afghanistan, a fact probably understood by the Russians while they were there, but not possible to exploit due to 30 years of war. But there may be a solution to multiple problems.

Consider the following:
  • The Chinese need minerals, particularly lithium for battery production.
  • The Chinese are good at putting down discontent amongst religious groups, mostly because they have different ideas about "peacekeeping".
  • The western powers are sick to the back teeth of being bombed in Afghanistan.
  • The Chinese have plenty of cash; the western powers do not.

$250 billion for the keys to Kabul sounds like a fair price.

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