Blog: China's auto industry policy
Dave Leggett | 28 August 2003
It's also useful to remember that the Chinese still talk the language of 5-year plans and the latest policy document is nothing unusual - there have been lots of them before. But the Chinese are not stupid. They know that they need to be seen to be (ostensibly) abiding by WTO rules - their economy depends on that. It seems a fair bet though that the role of local makers with 'local' products will grow (plenty of ways to skin a cat without the need for laws... that's a shot across the bow). For foreign partners the challenge will be to hang on to as much market share and also share of the value chain as possible (whilst also keeping intellectual property issues under control). I read this as the Chinese stating their intentions and being a little more assertive and aggressive than their Western partners would like. Once it really started growing, the market was never going to be a straight carve-up for foreigners. Don't be silly.
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