Avis Europe is set to create a network of car hire centres across China within five years, reports the UK's Times (7/9/00).

Negotiations between the Chinese authorities and the company have been taking place over the past six months. A fledgling operation is expected to open in the region by the end of 2000, says the report.

Quoting Chief Executive Mike McAfferty, the Times says that the right deal is being sought for its licensees to gain a presence in the area.