China controls almost 90% of the world’s supply of rare earth minerals.
Without this resource, the United States will not be able to produce weapons, Fox News writes.
If China « disconnects » the US from these supplies, then « planes will stop flying, tanks will stop, and the US military may have communication problems, » the publication points out.
The reserves of the US Department of Defense for these resources would be enough for less than a year, Senator Tom Cotton explained.
In the USA itself, the production and extraction of these materials are severely limited due to strict environmental regulations.
« Given the growing tensions with China over Taiwan and Ukraine, Beijing’s monopoly on rare earth minerals is a worrying national security issue. »