China is outmaneuvering the U.S. and other countries in the global scramble for a vital element for electric cars.
As demand for the vehicles surges, Chinese companies have been doing deals around the world to secure supplies of lithium, a silvery-white metal mined from rocks in Australia and brine pools in South America.
In September, Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor(… ) bought a stake in Pilbara Minerals ( ), an Australian lithium miner. Earlier this year, China’s Ganfeng Lithium snapped up 20% of an Argentine project. Last year, China’s Tianqi Lithium took a 2% stake in Chile’s SQM ( ), one of