Joe Biden may have 'blown' the 'green revolution' says Farage
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GB News presenter Nigel Farage has warned Joe Biden has left the door open to China to start mining for raw materials as American troops withdraw from Afghanistan. Mr Farage noted China is likely to open up lithium mining operations in Afghanistan, a move that would counteract the US President’s own green strategy. Afghanistan is home to what is believed to be one of the richest reserves of lithium, a material prominent in the manufacturing of techs such as batteries and laptops.
The GB News host said: “I do find it extraordinary that by just walking away in the way that Biden did, and with the Taliban taking over, he may well have blown the Green Revolution which he is such a great champion of.
He went on: “But China is very dependent on the rest of the world for copper, other resources, and indeed, lithium, too.
“So it seems to me that what Biden has done is given the Chinese an opportunity to do what they’ve already done in many parts of Africa, where they’ve gone in, bought mineral rights, the local governments get revenue from that.
Mr Farage continued: “The Taliban, and the Chinese Government have already been talking about minerals, but the world’s second-largest copper mine, a mine that was opened, and then was closed because of the war is going to reopen.
“And guess who’s running it? Yep, it’s going to be a Chinese company, and I think before very long, we will see China opening up lithium mining operations in what could well be the largest untapped reserve.
“Probably is the largest untapped reserve of lithium in the world.”
He added: “This is a major strategic failure by Joe Biden.”
Since Joe Biden took office in January 2021, he took green actions which aimed at reducing CO2 emissions.
These included promoting global efforts, national policies and undoing the environmental policies of the Trump administration.
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However, by leaving Afghanistan, China might step in and play a crucial role in Afghanistan’s future, such as coal mining.
Fears of a new alliance between the new Taliban leadership in Afghanistan and China were further exacerbated after Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said the new regime in Kabul has been receiving support from China and Russia.
Shaheen said: “We do not have allies as such and we are not members of any bloc…military bloc.
“But want we want that we seek is the cooperation of all countries in the construction of Afghanistan.
On Russia, Pakistan, and China the Taliban spokesman said:: “We are having good relations with them.”
“We are getting political support from China and also Russia,” he added.
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