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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

A misinformation campaign backed by the Asian superpower is leveraging real-life protests against a controversial rare-earth mining project in the West to shore up Beijing's near-monopoly on the very same industry, analyst Mandiant claims.

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...Information operations (IO) group Dragonbridge, believed by Mandiant to be backed by China, has been targeting Western rare earth metal mining companies Lynas, Appia, and USA Rare Earth with Twitter posts designed to mimic legitimate environmental protests, according to its latest report.

Cybernews checked the Twitter handles of several of the posts cited by Mandiant and found that several had been suspended by the social media platform, although it did not specify why.

"While we cannot comment on specifics, Mandiant has reached out to social media platforms regarding this activity and they have taken action," said the analyst when asked for further details. "Our assessment is indeed that the accounts we have identified are part of a coordinated and inauthentic network promoting content in support of PRC [People's Republic of China] interests."...



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-29 12:48 PM | Reply

Boy this fits. All the right wingers I know bagging on Electric vehicles parrot this stuff. Rare earth mining isn't pretty. It isn't clean either. Nor is processing them. It will never be pretty, BUT once you can keep it clean and clean up after yourself.

China has a monopoly on the minerals core to our product. Their companies have, with Chinese government backing, gone out and bought the operational mines in places like Canada and Australia and even shut most of them down. There was a trade dispute they lost almost a decade ago now where they wouldn't sell the raw metals or wouldn't sell them without huge tariffs so you had to buy the processed product from companies in China - unless you were lucky. So a lot of makers in the US either went out of business or were gobbled up by our larger competitors. We have been working for a couple of years to get product from places outside China as it has become more available and with the lock downs and shipping issues who knows if you will be able to get it at all from China. "Just in case" we have put millions more in raw material on the shelf.

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-06-29 03:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh BTW the irony great irony in the article - protesting in Texas against a processing plant. lol

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-06-29 03:22 PM | Reply

Oh BTW the irony great irony in the article - protesting in Texas against a processing plant. lol

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete

Probably Chairman MAO ... _CONTENT.

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-06-30 03:55 AM | Reply

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