China has been investing billions of dollars in Latin America’s fast-growing renewable energy infrastructure, and expanding its influence over the region’s critical mineral mines in the process. But the relationship is more complicated than it appears, write climate and energy policy researchers Zdenka Myslikova and Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton of Tufts University’s Fletcher School.

Latin American countries are also taking bold steps to secure their energy future. And they're quietly nurturing their own fleet of clean energy startups, including some born of what the authors describe as "frugal innovation."

Stacy Morford

Environment + Climate Editor, The Conversation U.S.

‘Global China’ is a big part of Latin America’s renewable energy boom, but homegrown industries and ‘frugal innovation’ are key

Zdenka Myslikova, Tufts University; Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton, Tufts University

China is a major investor in Latin America’s renewable energy and critical minerals like lithium, but countries like Chile are also taking steps to secure their own clean energy future.

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