THE TELEGRAPH: Race for heavy metals puts electric car revolution at risk
Raw materials are vital to the green technology revolution, but China's insatiable thirst could leave Britain in its dust cloud
The mining giant China Molybenedum planted its flag in the Democratic Republic of Congo's prized 350km copper belt four years ago, paying $2.6bn (£2bn) for the Tenke Fungurume mine from Freeport McMoran....
It expanded its empire in December, paying another $550m for Freeport's nearby Kisanfu mine, giving it access to further 6.3m tonnes of copper and 3.1m tonnes of cobalt.
Chinese companies now dominate mining in the central African country that produces 70pc of the world's cobalt - a trend eyed warily around the world as others wake up to their own growing needs.