Despite Donald Trump's flattery and admiration for autocratic Chinese leaders, behind the scenes they're scooping up many of the world's most valuable resources.
Eyeing the rapid transition to electric vehicles, the Chinese are hedging their bets that lithium will remain a key component of high-performance batteries for some time to come.
So far, there's no likely contender for replacing it in electric vehicles of the next decade. That's bad news for American carmakers, who could get left out in the cold, if lithium supplies are locked down by the Chinese.
Here's what's happening, as reported by CNN this morning:
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