NGA Tearline: Status of Chinese Investments in Argentinian Lithium Mines

In partnership with George Mason University

This piece shows China’s disposition, ownership percentages, and progress or delays in lithium projects in Argentina.

Chinese companies own or have large partnership stakes in 6 of 16 active lithium mining projects in Argentina, including 4 of the 6 most developed projects. Investment in these mines helps to further cement China's dominance and control over the lithium industry, a mineral critical for the green-energy transition, particularly in the construction of lithium-ion batteries.

Seventy-five percent of the world's lithium is contained in the desert salt flats (salars) at the crossroads of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile, known as the lithium triangle.

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