Governments, investors and lenders in the developed world have a growing disdain for the so-last-century business of mining. That attitude should be reconsidered if we want a clean-energy economy. For example, it has been known for some time in Europe, America and Japan that cobalt will be a necessary material for high-performance batteries for at least the next decade or so. Yet almost all the available finance for new cobalt production has come from Chinese investors and lenders.
FT 6th April 2018 read more »