Chinese mining in Afghanistan...
SO, I was talking to a friend that just returned from Afghanistan a few days ago and I asked him “who is doing the mining and getting the natural resources that Afghanistan is FLUSH with……..
His reply, CHINA………
"MCC, for example, is 44% owned by the Chinese government. When MCC entered into negotiations with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, it offered substantial aid for resource development as part of the package, Yeager says. The United States, on the other hand, has no program to support U.S. mining companies with development assistance or other aid.
The irony is that it is U.S. government geologists and Western companies that are locating the vast mineral deposits that the Chinese and Russians are exploiting in Afghanistan.
"The problem with the Chinese is that they are developers of resources and not explorers of resources," Yeager says. "They will look at projects where they already have a reserve in place and then go out and buy it. They don't spend the risk capital and the exploration dollars."
According to Yeager, the countries that are doing the most exploration are Australia and Canada. But they also don't pay bribes to local officials or provide vast amounts of state aid to the government in return for valuable mining licenses."
China, Not U.S., Likely to Benefit from Afghanistan's Mineral Riches - DailyFinance