Headline: China targets rare earth export curbs to hobble US defence industry
Sub-headline: Beijing asks industry executives if proposed restrictions will harm western contractors
China is exploring limiting the export of rare earth minerals that are crucial for the manufacture of American F-35 fighter jets and other sophisticated weaponry, according to people involved in a government consultation.
Su Yu and Demetri Sevastopulo confect a ‘news story’ out of ‘leaks’ ?or should it more properly labeled ‘gossip’? ‘
After the first paragraph its ‘as if ‘ these ‘reporters’ had direct access to information, yet the reader is confronted with more anonymous sources, and surprisingly some actual sources:
‘Industry executives said…’
‘said a Chinese government adviser who asked not to be identified….’
Industry executives added
A Congressional Research Service report said
In a November report, Zhang Rui, an analyst at Antaike,
Some executives and officials are, however,
They argue that
Ellen Lord, the top defence official for acquisitions until last year, told Congress in October
said an executive, who asked not to be identified, at Guangdong Rare Earth Group, one of the nation’s largest rare earth groups.
“China’s economic planners have failed to predict the surge in rare earth consumption,” said an executive at Gold Dragon Rare Earth Co in south-eastern Fujian Province.
Industry executives, however, said China’s strength
This is not Journalism, but New Cold War propaganda! The reader need only look to Janan Ganesh’s essay of Tuesday February 16, 2021:
Headline: America’s best hope of hanging together is China
Sub-headline: Without an external foe to rail against, the nation turns on itself
I called this essay ‘a maladroit pastiche of Machiavelli’s Prince.’