US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) wrote in a
recent report that Chinese companies are looking for a way to access
Afghanistan’s lithium and copper mines.
“Chinese mining companies have been scouting opportunities to
access Afghanistan’s lithium & copper deposits. Chinese mining industry
representatives met with Taliban officials to discuss mining rights and
research access to such minerals,” tweets SIGAR.
to SIGAR, “Afghanistan’s lithium deposits could be among the largest in
the world, rivaling those of Bolivia.”
Afghan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, said the ministry’s
current policy is to protect Afghanistan’s mines.
also stated that China will start the copper extraction process in Afghanistan