China, through its political leadership and intentional industrial and economic policy, positioned itself to be the world’s factory in the 1950s.

Today, China produces 80% of the world’s solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and makes up 60% of worldwide electric vehicle (EV) sales. Through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), it has been investing vigorously in metals and mining overseas. In the first half of 2023, this engagement through investments and construction contracts grew by 150% compared with the same period of 2022...

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