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China's Secret Weapon In The Looming Tech War: China controls 100% of cesium, with only one junior Canadian miner - Power Metals (TSXV:PWM, OTC:PWRMF) - emerging w potential to develop supply of this critical mineral outside of China’s influence. #5G 🚨 oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-…
It’s critical not only to 5G, but to healthcare industry, which uses cesium compounds in medical imaging, cancer therapy, positron emission tomography (PET), & in catalyst promoters, glass amplifiers, photoelectric cell components, crystals in scintillation counters & getters in
vacuum tubes. It’s also vital to the oil and gas industry, which uses cesium formate brines in drilling fluids to prevent blow-outs in high-temperature, over-pressurized wells.
The “cesium standard” is also key to time:
It’s the standard by which the accurate commercially available atomic clocks measure time, and it’s vital for the data transmission infrastructure of mobile networks, GPS and the internet.
Worldwide, only 3 known pegmatite mines can produce cesium: Manitoba’s Tanco mine, Zimbabwe’s Bitika mine & Australia’s Sinclair mine. China controls them ALL, beyond its own borders. Tanco & Bitiki are no longer producing, but Sinomine Resources Group controls all their cesium
ore stockpiles.
Canada is only hope for North American production right now, & Power Metals is sitting on prime pegmatites discovered in Aug 2018 at its West Joe Dyke play, where it intersected high-grade cesium mineralization in 6 drill holes while it was looking for lithium.
That means that Canada could be the difference between cesium and none for North America. It means cesium could remove another looming threat to Washington’s technological domination: critical choke points.

China has a virtual monopoly over cesium, producing no less than 95% of
the world’s supply.

"One earthquake and all of a sudden, you close down a whole industry," Dr. Sherman Robinson, senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, told ZDNet.
Dr. Kevin Anderson, a senior semiconductor analyst with Omdia (formerly IHS), describes it as the perfect setup for Beijing to keep the rest of the world in a cesium stranglehold. And while governments see the chokepoints, private enterprises are more about instant gratification:
They don’t care where supply is ultimately coming from as long as they can get it.

"They were buying these supplies from all over," Anderson told ZDNet, "but they weren't aware that it was all coming from one place in the end."

That means that China’s control of cesium is
a supply bombshell waiting to explode, and one way to potentially diffuse it is sitting underground in Ontario, where drilling began in February.
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