A Controlled Thermal Resources flag and a US flag fly atop a drill rig at the company’s Hells Kitchen Lithium and Power project in Calipatria, California, on December 15. Mineral reserves are not fixed in time. As prices increase, exploration and mining intensify, often leading to expanded reserves. Photo: Bloomberg
A Controlled Thermal Resources flag and a US flag fly atop a drill rig at the company’s Hells Kitchen Lithium and Power project in Calipatria, California, on December 15. Mineral reserves are not fixed in time. As prices increase, exploration and mining intensify, often leading to expanded reserves. Photo: Bloomberg
Hao Tan
Opinion

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The View by Hao Tan

China and lithium: why it’s time to retire the narrative of resource nationalism

  • While some in China are concerned by its dependence on imported materials for electric vehicle batteries, the West is anxious about Chinese control of resources
  • Fundamental differences exist between mineral and energy resources, however. Unlike oil and gas, minerals are recyclable

A Controlled Thermal Resources flag and a US flag fly atop a drill rig at the company’s Hells Kitchen Lithium and Power project in Calipatria, California, on December 15. Mineral reserves are not fixed in time. As prices increase, exploration and mining intensify, often leading to expanded reserves. Photo: Bloomberg
A Controlled Thermal Resources flag and a US flag fly atop a drill rig at the company’s Hells Kitchen Lithium and Power project in Calipatria, California, on December 15. Mineral reserves are not fixed in time. As prices increase, exploration and mining intensify, often leading to expanded reserves. Photo: Bloomberg
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