HONG KONG -- Lithium is a necessary component for batteries to power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. Even though China is ahead of the curve in this key sector, Tianqi Lithium, one of the largest global lithium producers in China, is on the brink of defaulting on a loan worth $1.884 billion.
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