There's been plenty of talk about potentially radical US foreign policy changes as a result of the shale boom. While one shouldn't expect any dramatic US foreign policy move away from the Middle East, factors are influencing a greater focus on Asia.
Good luck to those who were boasting their short trades in the rare earths and paper profits. This may rapidly be coming to an end as the heavy rare earth sector is about to reverse higher as Western nations take a stand and develop their own supply
It can be seen then that China will have to do a better job of demonstrating the validity of its export restrictions on rare earths, than it did for bauxite, fluorspar and the other minerals and materials referenced in the recent dispute.
The government of Afghanistan has opened bids on gold and copper deposits in the country, with hopes that mining may help curtail the country's reliance on international aid. Experts believe that Afghanistan is rich in copper, zinc, gold and iron ore.
Overall, I was impressed with all aspects of the Strange Lake project, and the management team behind it. The project is clearly well on its way to completing the pre-feasibility study, and determining the flow sheets required to produce end products.