Countering China's Influence: Canada and South Korea Join Forces to Enhance Electric Vehicle Supply Chains

G6 Energy Corp
Public and Investor Relations
May 29, 2023
4 Min

Prime Minister Trudeau and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in Critical Mineral Supply Chains, the Clean Energy Transition, and Energy Security. This strategic partnership between Canada and South Korea aims to strengthen their bilateral cooperation and reduce their dependence on China for critical minerals, particularly for the production of electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries. The MOU outlines areas of collaboration to enhance the supply chains and value chains of the critical minerals industry, promoting sustainable energy transition and bolstering energy security.

Driving the Clean Energy Transition

The MOU reflects the commitment of both countries to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and advance the technologies required for the clean energy transition. By positioning themselves as globally competitive players in the critical minerals supply chain and the EV value chains, Canada and South Korea seek to support their collective prosperity and security while leveraging their expertise in environmental, social, and governance frameworks.

Areas of Cooperation

The MOU identifies several key areas of cooperation between Canada and South Korea:

     1. Trade and Investment: Collaboration across critical mineral supply chains to support the integration of advanced manufacturing, midstream, and upstream segments of the value chain in both countries.

      2. Energy Transition and Security: Joint efforts to ensure a resilient and mutually beneficial critical mineral supply and value chain, while strengthening energy security.

      3. Information Exchanges: Sharing knowledge on critical mineral processing, recycling, supply chain diversification, and security.

      4. Clean Fuels and Technologies: Focus on clean fuels like hydrogen and its derivatives, along with enabling technologies.

      5. Carbon Capture and Utilization: Cooperation in carbon capture, utilization, and storage, as well as carbon dioxide removal technologies.

      6. Manufacturing: Collaboration in areas such as clean energy technologies, advanced materials, zero-emission vehicles, batteries, and semiconductors.

Cooperation Framework

To facilitate cooperation, the MOU outlines various forms of collaboration, including technology, trade, and investment facilitation. Joint workshops, seminars, and symposia will foster knowledge exchange, while business-to-business and government-to-government missions will strengthen networks between the private and public sectors. The MOU also encourages the formation of new working groups and the hosting of relevant entities to accelerate progress in the identified areas of cooperation.

Looking Ahead

The signing of the MOU represents a preliminary step toward a deeper partnership between Canada and South Korea in the critical mineral space. With Canada's abundant reserves of critical minerals and South Korea's advanced manufacturing capabilities, particularly in automobiles and electronics, the two countries are natural partners in the production of EVs and batteries. The MOU sets the stage for future collaboration and the development of an action plan to realize its goals, bringing Canada and South Korea closer in their joint pursuit of a sustainable and thriving EV industry.


Canada and South Korea's collaborative efforts to enhance their electric vehicle supply chains mark a significant step toward reducing their reliance on China and strengthening their economic ties. By leveraging their respective strengths in critical minerals and advanced manufacturing, the two countries are poised to play a pivotal role in driving the clean energy transition and establishing resilient supply chains. The MOU serves as a foundation for future cooperation, fostering innovation and sustainable practices in the critical minerals industry while countering China's influence in the EV market.