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China Issues Draft Guidelines to Rein in Lithium Battery Industry

A rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for the Volkswagen ID.3 electric car is pictured at the Volkswagen car factory in Zwickau, eastern Germany, on February 25, 2020. RONNY HARTMANN / AFP

China has released draft guidelines aimed at reining in the country’s lithium battery industry, which has been in Western crosshairs over fears subsidized overproduction could flood global markets with cut-price exports.

Lithium-ion batteries are a form of rechargeable energy storage used in everything from electric cars to scooters, laptops, and motorized wheelchairs.

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