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Ready or not, the “WOFE” is coming for car manufacturing in China

Get ready for a new era where foreign carmakers can build wholly-owned manufacturing plants in China without having to form a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturing partner, as required by the existing Automotive Industry Development Policy (AIDP). There is a catch, of course. With Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) Spokesman

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China closer to relaxing equity threshold on vehicle JVs

The State Council’s decision to allow foreign firms to establish wholly-owned motorcycle and related components manufacturing facilities inside the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (Shanghai FTZ) is a sign that China is closer to relaxing the 50:50 equity share threshold on vehicle assembly joint ventures. On September 28, China’s cabinet said

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