Afghanistan – the new superpower of mineral deposits
The largest deposits seem to be the iron and copper. In addition, important deposits were discovered gold.
Country could become, according to a Pentagon memo, “Saudi Arabia of Lithium,” a key material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and mobile phones, informs Forbes.
The mineral deposits found in Afghanistan are struggling right now and China and the U.S.
Washington anticipates a massive offensive in China, a country with an economy hunger for natural resources in order to dominate the Afghan Mining. Chinese copper mine Aynak already operates in the province of Logar.
Beijing has already shown great interest in terms of resources from Afghanistan. In 2007, a Chinese company won the concession Aynak copper mine in the Logar province of Afghanistan – after, according to U.S. officials gave $ 30 million bribe.
According to reports obtained by The New York Times, the Chinese want to buy even more Afghan resources. And it seems that this will succeed if the Taliban will take over the country.
This will mean that a large part of mineral deposits in the world will be under Chinese control. China has maintained close ties with the Taliban.
American officials expect intense competition in China to seize strategic resources. After having already won the right to exploit copper in a region, the U.S. official statements show that Chinese people will want more.
Yet, Americans have currently no time advantage. Besides their military control a significant part of the country seems to have made contracts with international consultancy firms which set the stage for multinational companies and potential investors in areas where deposits were discovered.
For Afghan civilians, discovery news and mineral deposits can be good and bad. It is possible to bring new investment and jobs to replace the main industry of the country before the Middle East, or both, will strengthen even more the Taliban resistance.
New discovery is declarative, although it seems that the first estimates were made by experts of the Soviet Union in the ’80s when was done the first geological map of the area.
The New York Times writes that these maps were protected by some Afghan geologists, who made back in the archives in 2001, after Afghanistan was occupied / liberated by the U.S. Maps were found in 2004 by geologists of the U.S. experts, but it seems that it took almost six years to announce the discovery.11