The U.S. has become dependent on a potential adversary for some of the most crucial materials in high technology production: rare earth elements.
Given the curvature of the Earth, as well as the speed, altitude, and maneuverability of hypersonics, the only way to provide coverage is to place sensors in orbit around the Earth.
Understanding the logic of China’s atrocities in Xinjiang is impossible apart from accounting for the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) needs Xinjiang to function as a critical OBOR hub, and is cracking down on Uyghurs and other minority groups to establish total control over the territory. U.S. policymakers should exploit this logic and consider sanctioning commerce passing through Xinjiang.