Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers issued a halt order to prevent the China-linked company—Austroid—rom taking over Alita resources. The lithium miner is facing significant financial troubles.
Austroid Australia is led by Chinese national Mike Que.
It’s the second time this year Australia blocked a Chinese company from investing in its critical minerals sector.
Lithium is a critical metal needed for electric car batteries and other storage systems for renewable energy.
Including electric vehicles, smartphones, and laptops.
Australia remains the world’s top lithium supplier.
It plays a crucial role in international trade and the management of strategic resources.
China holds a dominant position in global rare earth production and has substantial investments in lithium and mining ventures across Australia.
That has prompted Canberra to cautiously address Chinese involvement in its critical minerals industry.