From The Times November 19, 2009 Conern mounts as US bears costs of Afghan war while China reaps the profits Jeremy Page in Kabul Thirty miles south of Kabul there is a complex of blue and white bungalows, ringed by a blast-proof fence, that bears testament to the new Great Game in Central Asia. Inside, several hundred Chinese engineers are renovating the Aynak copper mine, rights to which were bought by the state-run Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) in 2007 for $3 billion. Outside, however, it is US troops from the 10th Mountain Division who keep the Taleban away from one of the worldâs largest untapped copper deposits. To some, this is welcome co-operation between the US and China which, despite mutual suspicion, share an interest in ridding Afghanistan of militants and drugs. To others it shows how China is poised to profit from Afghanistanâs abundant natural resources, while the US expends hundreds of lives and billions of dollars on fighting the Taleban insurgents. The issue was thrust into the spotlight yesterday when Mohammad Ibrahim Adel, the Mining Minister, was accused of taking a $29 million bribe to award Aynak to MCC. Mr Adel denies taking bribes â which industry insiders say were offered by several bidders. More http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6922395.ece?