June 04, 2012
China adds Afghanistan to its smart, ambitious hit list for resources & global position.
Today Cairo, Tomorrow Kabul. And how many Yank and Brit lawyers are watching, engaged and poised to dive in? See Reuters: "China steps up Afghan role as Western pullout nears". Despite President Clinton's famous quip that "there's not much of anything to bomb", Afghanistan has natural resources out the wazoo--and it has strategic geographical position. China and its government get that. Resources: gold, silver, copper, zinc and iron ore in southeast; lapis, emerald and azure in northeast; petroleum and natural gas reserves (substantial but indeterminate) in north. Plus uranium, coal, chromite, talc, barites, sulfur, lead, and salt. In the middle of Asia, Afghanistan has been a portal of trade and migration for centuries. And it connects Asia with the Middle East.
Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzbühel Desk) at June 4, 2012 11:59 PM