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China has long coveted Latin America’s below ground riches, from oil and gas to copper and iron ore. Lately, it has set its eyes on a new mineral, lithium, and its investments are transforming the industry and riling up rivals, including the United States. Lithium is an indispensable ingredient for the global energy transformation, with 71 percent of global supply used for batteries, including in electric vehicles. China dominates global battery production, so not surprisingly, it is on the hunt for a steady supply of lithium. Already, Chinese lithium giants Ganfeng Lithium, Tianqi Lithium and Zijin Mining Group are major players in Latin America’s famed “lithium triangle.”

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