Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) appeared on the Fox Business Network show “Evening Edit” on Thursday and warned that China and Russia would move into Afghanistan following the chaotic withdrawal of all U.S. forces from the county by President Joe Biden last month.
Stuebe also expressed concern that the billions of dollars worth of military equipment and weaponry left behind will fall into the hands of those adversarial countries, who will reverse-engineer American military technology.
He said that the proximity of China and Russia to Afghanistan would make it relatively simple for those countries to reinitiate a strategic presence there. China especially has had a working relationship in recent years with the Taliban.
Stuebe noted that now that all American military personnel have been removed, there is no suitable method to monitor China’s presence in the country or gather actionable intelligence about enemy conduct there.
Greg Stuebe added that China had negotiated agreements with the Iranian government for infrastructure projects, including roads and bridges. He noted that a Chinese foreign minister has already begun meeting with an Afghan head of the Taliban.
He also stated that the theft of American military technology would be felt for decades to come as it would eventually be used even by the Iranians against us. The administration equipment abandoned by Biden is four C-130 transport planes, 45 Black Hawk UH-60 helicopters, dozens of military-grade single-engine Cessna aircraft, and 50 MD-530 helicopters.
China is also expected to be highly motivated to open negotiations with the Taliban to exploit the deposits of rare earth metals present in Afghanistan. Mineral and rare earth metal deposits in the country are estimated to be worth between $1 trillion and $3 trillion. Rare earth metals are vital to producing electronic equipment, electric vehicle components and batteries, satellites, and cutting-edge military equipment.