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Deep sea mining tussle pits France and Germany against China

By Kenza Bryan

09 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The FT examines the potentially transformative negotiations at the International Seabed Authority, where decisions about seabed mining and the future of battery metal supply could be decided.

France and Germany are leading a fightback against plans to allow large-scale commercial mining in the deep seas, warning that a China-supported push to harvest battery metals from the seabed could do lasting harm.

Representatives of 168 member states of the International Seabed Authority will gather on Monday for a marathon, three-week negotiation on whether to lay down the first operating guidelines for the nascent industry.

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