Guess we need to distinguish between the lithium battery market which is said to be "dominated" by China, and the lithium mining market which seems to be "dominated" by Australia. Cf.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/dec/08/the-curse-of-white-oil-electric-vehicles-dirty-secret-lithium The one is the finished product, the other the raw material.

@simsa04 Cheers for the link, interesting stuff. Terminology around supply chains is hard too - so easy to equate "end product" with "whole system" when time and space are short, which always results in long-winded, reactive discussion (or argument) to define the problem space. Wonder how much energy is spent on that alone... ;-)

One might submit that if not too much electricity is spent then the amount of energy put into these discussions is of lesser importance (or will create lesser havoc) -- a stance I'm inclined to disagree with. :-)
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