>Only tangentially related but china has brought up banning export of rare earth metals as retaliation to these de facto chip sanctions the U.S. has been trying to put on them.
They can but it won't do much. Either this turns into Russian oil all over again with the US imports processed rare earth from China through their allies that are trade partners or trade-adjacent with China (and China is forced to make the same stupid decisions Europe made about bullying friends if they want the ban to have an effect) or it ends up hurting China more in the long run because it encourages production outside of China in response to hawkish behavior.
>we have no processing capabilities
Trump was working on that right before he got booted from office. There's a few processing facilities set to open in the next 6-12 months scattered across the continental US in anticipation for this event which was expected. They have been working on this in the private sector since 2020 when it was de facto closed down because of Chink flu.
You are correct that this will force the public sector to compete with the private sector for limited resources so I wait to see how the US government will quell the zombie hordes when a goyphone costs $11,000 because of government contracts, however that will largely be a temporary situation. Everyone compares China to Russia or America, and in terms of using quantity as a quality of its own they are the same, but in terms of natural resources China is largely a desert shithole without anything except trees, metal, and many mouths to feed, whereas Russia has raw goods (wheat, lumber, ore, heavy sour oil) and America has replaced their raw goods with refined goods (electronics, refined metals, light sweet petrols, etc.). China has to rely on their finances and cheap manpower as a selling point the same as India; Russia and America and Brasil
Fluorescent provides all the benefits of incandescent at a fraction of the energy.
The plastics and soy will kill you first.