Electric batteries: China on the move to impose its own standards on the world

DECRYPTION – The EU, which also covets this booming market, does not want to be left behind any longer.

A lithium mine in the Atacama Desert, Chile.  The country is one of China's suppliers.

It is a booming market in which China reigns supreme. In less than ten years, the country has become the world’s leading manufacturer. From the extraction of lithium and then its transformation to the assembly of batteries, the Middle Kingdom dominates each stage of the production chain. Last step in her ascent, she now wants to influence the drafting of international lithium standards to promote her companies in international markets. Facing it, Europe, which also wants to carve out a share in the electric battery market, is trying to make itself heard and impose itself at the negotiating table.

Last June, China obtained the creation of an international standardization committee on lithium as well as its presidency. The objective: to establish a series of standards covering the extraction of lithium, its transformation and the manufacture of batteries, and which each country will have to respect. If these standards…

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