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Scholz Looks to South America to Reduce Germany’s Dependence on Chinese Critical Resources

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gestures during a press conference with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (out of frame) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, January 30, 2023. Sergio Lima / AFP

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has spent the past few days crisscrossing South America in a bid to find alternative sources of critical minerals, notably lithium, that his country’s powerful auto industry now relies predominantly on China to supply. 

Over the weekend, the Chancellor embarked on a four-day tour of the region’s largest economies that included stops in ArgentinaChile and finally Brazil, where he will wrap up his visit later Tuesday.

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