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Advice for African Leaders on How to Manage Newfound Lithium Wealth in the Era of Great Power Competition

Lithium production in Africa is expected to jump fourfold in the next ten years as demand surges for the metal needed to build batteries for electric vehicles.

While that may produce another resource boom in some countries, it also presents unique challenges, given that access to critical resources is now among the most fiercely contested areas in the escalating China-U.S. duel.

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