At the same time, US President Joe Biden is seeking to sign the largest historic arms deal with Vietnam, and the latter intends to restart the Dong Bao rare earth mine within its borders, in a provocative double move, with Australian and South Korean investments. If the consequences of these steps are combined, escalation is possible.
According to US statistics, Vietnam has the second largest reserves of rare metals after China, but they are unexploited and are intended in the West to be the alternative to production chains in this aspect, and it remains to be seen what China may take investment steps in Afghanistan, which in turn has a giant untapped stock of the same minerals, and the network of surveillance cameras connected to the fifth generation Internet would guard an intensive activity incoming exploration there with a double goal: Adding Afghanistan's rare metals to the stocks of its Chinese counterpart to lock it away from unfriendly markets, as well as providing the Afghan people without poppy or Western promises that did not last, in a step that may set a precedent in saving this hopeless country.
The U.S. resort to auxiliary security structures and additional alliances shows that the five eyes are not in harmony with the previous one. The three priority eyes in the conflict with China are AUKUS Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Canada has been put in a state of latency after handing over Huawei's founder's daughter and chief financial officer to her native China, and to make matters worse, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently accused India of killing a Sikh separatist leader on Canadian soil, at a time when the United States is courting India out of spite. New Zealand is seen by the remaining four eyes as – in a naïve simplification – offering its meat, wine and tourism sales to the Chinese market on full compliance with its security role with its sisters.
Talk of trilateral alliances continues here and there in the Indo-Pacific region, with news such as the establishment of a new US-Japanese-Philippine triad called JAROPUS, as if the doctrine of the multi-economic-military triad right and left will eventually lead to an alliance of "triads" – if the name is correct – and its declaration of an Asian NATO built by diplomatic installments. The first of the Philippines' membership triad is to encourage it by vowing to remove the floating border that China has drawn between them to separate what it sees as its territorial waters, and to expel Filipino fishing boats from its vicinity.
Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Matin Qani said the deployment of Huawei cameras would be in Kabul and "important areas" in a four-year process that would replace a previous 68,<>-strong U.S. network, mostly in the capital, Kabul.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the world's stockpiles of rare earth oxides at 130 million tons: 44 million tons in China, 22 million tons in Vietnam, 21 million tons in Russia, Brazil, 6.9 million in India, and the rest of the world combined 15.1 million tons. According to this distribution, three BRICS members have 86 million tons distributed among China, Russia and Brazil, representing 66 percent of the world's stockpile, before adding to it what Afghanistan may provide.
The race is frantic over geopolitical intrigue and geo-economic squabble.