Archive for the ‘Bolivia’ Category

China’s Economic Slowdown Is a Wakeup Call for Latin America

Via World Politics Review, a report on the impact that China’s economic slowdown may have upon Latin America: Over the past two decades, as China’s breakneck economic growth turned it into the engine of the global economy, Beijing became an increasingly powerful player in Latin America. It displaced the United States, long the top trading […]

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The China-West Lithium Tango in South America

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a look at how – despite the push toward decoupling – China-West collaboration persists in South America’s Lithium Triangle. But in the age of strategic competition, how long will this last? In the vast, almost haunting expanse of the high Argentine desert, beneath layers of brine and time, lies an element […]

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The New Commodity Superpowers

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at nations such as the DRC, Argentina, Chile, and Indonesia, – the countries that produce the metals central to the energy transition who want to rewrite the rules of mineral extraction: The red-brown landscape of Tenke-Fungurume, one of the world’s largest copper and cobalt mines in the Democratic […]

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China’s Investment Deals With Bolivia: In The Dark

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a report that Bolivian contractors are allegedly prohibited from sharing any details about investment contracts signed with certain Chinese firms: The Chinese government is inserting confidentiality clauses into its investment agreements with the Bolivian government, according to sources close to the deals who have viewed the agreements in question. The sources, […]

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Bolivia’s Lithium Reserves Even Larger Than Previously Estimated

Via Quartz, a report that Bolivia’s lithium reserves are even larger than it previously estimated Bolivia officially has the largest lithium reserves in the world, according to the country’s president Luis Arce. Arce confirmed yesterday (July 20) that Bolivia’s reserves of the valuable metal increased from 2 million tons to 23 million tons after extensive geological studies of […]

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China Begins Lithium Extraction, Increases Mining Investment in Bolivia

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a report on Beijing’s growing investment presence in Bolivia, in particular the growing Chinese interest in lithium, is prompting concerns about economic dependency. Nearly six months after a $1 billion agreement was signed between the Chinese firms CATL, BRUNP, and CMOC (CBC) and the Bolivian state company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos […]

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