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U.S., China, Indonesia’s Nickel Gridlock: A Perspective From Below

“Without Indonesia’s nickel, have no future in America,” declared Indonesia’s coordinating minister of maritime and investment affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in Foreign Policy last month. A bold statement from Indonesia’s top minister. He blasted Washington’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for ...

Chinese EV Tech in Kenya’s Mass Transport: The BasiGo Story

In 2022, BasiGo, an early-stage e-mobility start-up, imported two electric buses from BYD, a Chinese conglomerate and the world’s largest EV company. The plan was to address the mass transport needs by providing these buses to enable the country’s shift to clean transport. The idea was to study the BYD technology and then replicate it in Kenya by locally assembling bus parts sourced from the giant Chinese EV manufacturer.

Biden’s Sanctions on Chinese EVs Highlights Stark Divide Between U.S. and Global South

While the U.S. government moved aggressively on Tuesday to install massive new barriers intended to prevent Chinese electric vehicles from entering its market, Mexico, coincidentally on the same day, went entirely in the opposite direction — welcoming the launch of EV giant BYD's first-ever mid-size hybrid pick-up ...

Sourcing China-Free EV Battery Metals Will Be on the Agenda at This Week’s U.S., Japan, Philippines Summit

The Philippines' large nickel reserves, a key metal used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries, will be high on the agenda at this week's first-ever summit among the leaders of the U.S., Japan, and the Philippines that will begin on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Zimbabwe Set to Launch Second Chinese-run Lithium Processing Plant

Final testing is now underway at a new Chinese-run lithium processing facility in eastern Zimbabwe, around 150km east of Harare. When fully operational, the new plant will be able to produce 300 tonnes a day of lithium concentrates that will be sent ...

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Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Morocco Signs Agreement for EV Battery Plant With Chinese Company

The Moroccan government signed a $300 million agreement with China’s BTR New Material Group to build a plant in the port city of Tangier to produce cathodes used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The government considers this plant the first step ...

Chinese Electric Vehicles Shine at Bangkok Auto Show

The Bangkok International Motor Show opened Wednesday, with a range of Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) prominently displayed by the likes of BYD, XPeng, and Zeekr. Chinese brands now dominate Thailand’s EV market and are using the country as a manufacturing base ...

Chinese EV Brands Want to Dominate Global South Auto Markets

Enthusiasm for electric vehicles is waning in both the U.S. and China, but that is definitely not the case in other parts of the world where EV adoption rates are steadily rising. In fact, at the Bangkok Motor Show this week, ...

Sure Looks Like Chinese Companies Are Using Mexico as a Backdoor to the U.S. Market to Avoid Tariffs

New data tracking the number of cargo containers traveling from China to Mexico fuels suspicions that Chinese exporters are sidestepping U.S. sanctions by shipping goods to the Central American country, which are then brought over the border tariff-free. Chinese exports to ...

Photo Essay: Why Thais Prefer Chinese EVs

As the world races to phase out fossil fuels and transition to cleaner energy sources, transportation—like many other industries—is reinventing itself with electrification. Tesla, the American auto company known for its high-end private cars, has for years been the most famous brand in the Western world for ...
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