US envoy brings Biden’s Latin America investment plan to region

In this aerial view, pools of brine containing lithium carbonate and mounds of salt byproduct stretch across a lithium mine in 2022, in the Atacama Desert , in Salar de Atacama, Chile. (John Moore/Getty Images/TNS)

A U.S. State Department envoy is heading to Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay to discuss mineral supplies and energy after President Joe Biden pledged to mobilize billions of dollars for a new investment platform to counter China’s influence in the region.