Once China’s answer to ‘oil in the Middle East’, rare earths mining is making Myanmar a ‘sacrifice zone’

The US offshored its rare earths mining to China in the 1980s and Deng Xiaoping once called it his country’s answer to ‘oil in the Middle East’. But now thousands of miners have streamed across the border to northern Myanmar, where fish no longer swim in the rivers and the water is unsafe to drink.

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