Electric batteries at a factory in China. Zimbabwe’s rich lithium mines have made it China’s next frontier for the essential battery component. Photo:
Electric batteries at a factory in China. Zimbabwe’s rich lithium mines have made it China’s next frontier for the essential battery component. Photo:

What’s fuelling China’s lithium rush in Zimbabwe? The long game on zero carbon

  • The African country’s massive reserves of the ore are in the spotlight as demand for electric cars grows in a global green race
  • Chinese mine acquisition spree, in contrast to Western wariness, seen as classic sign of putting long-term gains over short-term costs

Electric batteries at a factory in China. Zimbabwe’s rich lithium mines have made it China’s next frontier for the essential battery component. Photo:
Electric batteries at a factory in China. Zimbabwe’s rich lithium mines have made it China’s next frontier for the essential battery component. Photo:
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