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Foreign brands race to cut import prices after Beijing reduces tariff
Yang Jian | 2018/5/25

SHANGHAI -- Beijing's announcement this week that it will cut the tariff on most imported vehicles to 15 percent from 25 percent sent global brands racing to reduce prices on their imported models.  Although the tariff reduction doesn¡¯t take effect until July 1, many foreign automakers have taken action. Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Are ailing BAIC, Chery poised to land in private hands?
Yang Jian | 2018/5/18

There is widespread speculation on websites and Internet chat rooms in China this week that troubled BAIC Motor Group and Chery Automobile Co. are likely to be acquired by private domestic companies.  The two major state-owned carmakers quickly responded and dismissed the rumors as baseless. But it¡¯s hard for BAIC and Chery to deny what has given rise to the chatter: that they have yet to find a way to fix their moribund brands.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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As Trump raises trade demands, U.S. automakers must prepare for the worst
Yang Jian | 2018/5/11

U.S.-made vehicle imports from Ford, Lincoln and some German brands are being held up for extra checks when clearing Chinese customs, Reuters reported this week.  The impact on U.S. as well as other global car brands will be limited as most of their products are produced locally.  What is worrisome is that as the Trump administration ratchets up pressure on China, anti-American sentiment will likely emerge among Chinese consumers, prompting them to boycott U.S. goods, including cars and light trucks.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Pragmatism prevails among global automakers at Beijing auto show
Yang Jian | 2018/5/4

With Beijing planning to press automakers to boost electrified vehicle output and announcing a phaseout of limits on foreign ownership of local production ventures, one would expect global brands to show urgency in launching electric vehicles and relief at the prospect of breaking away from their forced partnerships with local companies. But last week at the Beijing auto show, they exhibited neither.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why it won't be easy for foreign automakers to part with Chinese partners
Yang Jian | 2018/4/20

The Chinese government announced this week that it will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domestic automakers by 2020.  The move bodes well for foreign automakers¡¯ future in China as it will allow them to part from joint venture partners and gain full control of local operations.  But a complete separation will be hard for nearly all global brands that manufacture in China and may not be desirable for major global automakers such as General Motors.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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As China cuts tariffs, big winners won't be American brands
Yang Jian | 2018/4/13

SHANGHAI -- Facing U.S. President Donald Trump¡¯s threats to impose tariffs on more Chinese goods, President Xi Jinping pledged this week to slash China¡¯s tariffs on imported vehicles.  But automakers that will benefit most from China¡¯s move are German and Japanese players, not American brands that Trump is eager to protect.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Why Trump's trade threats won't boost foreign automakers in China
Yang Jian | 2018/3/30

U.S. President Donald Trump is girding for a trade war with China. After slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports this month, he announced plans last week to levy tariffs on up to $60 billion (374 billion yuan) of Chinese goods.  In retaliation, Beijing said it will impose tariffs on $3 billion of American goods. Both sides hope to settle the disputes through negotiation.  It remains unknown where the talks will lead. Yet regardless of the outcome, the impact on foreign automakers operating in China will be limited.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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China gears up to advance autonomous driving
Yang Jian | 2018/3/23

 Despite the fatal accident involving Uber¡¯s self-driving car in Arizona this week, the United States remains far ahead of China in regulating and commercializing autonomous driving vehicles.  But China, the world¡¯s largest market for new vehicles, is striving to catch up.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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U.S. tariffs may negate gains Trump secured for foreign automakers in China
Yang Jian | 2018/3/16

SHANGHAI -- When U.S. President Donald Trump visited China in November, he prodded the Chinese government to make two concessions on further opening the domestic market to American as well as other foreign automakers.  Now that Trump has moved to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum, Beijing is probably no longer in the mood to deliver what it has promised.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China.
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Latest deals add complexity to China's auto industry
Yang Jian | 2018/3/2

China is the largest auto market globally. It also has the world¡¯s most complicated auto industry; as required by Chinese regulations, global automakers have no choice but to assemble vehicles through joint ventures with local companies.  And now, the complexity of the auto industry here has reached a new level thanks to a slew of major deals Chinese carmakers have struck lately with European peers.  Pictured: Yang Jian is managing editor of Automotive News China
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