Illustration: Brian Wang
Illustration: Brian Wang

As US and China vie for Pacific influence and resources, tiny New Caledonia can play an outsize role

  • Far-flung French territory holds 7.1 million tonnes of high-grade nickel vital for making lithium-ion batteries to power electric vehicles
  • Mining and politics merge as pro-independence indigenous Kanak population seeks more local control and closer Beijing ties

Illustration: Brian Wang
Illustration: Brian Wang
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