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CAFC+NEV “dual credit” scheme finalized, but further details missing

Now that the final version of Parallel Administrative Measures for Passenger Vehicle Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) and New Energy Vehicle (NEV) Credits has been released, multinational and domestic carmakers can breathe a long sigh of relief. At least those that produce or import more than 30,000 combustion engine vehicles

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New GB1589-2016 on vehicle dimension, axle load and mass limits goes into effect

The much-awaited GB1589-2016, or Limits for Dimensions, Axle Loads and Masses of Automobiles, Trailers and Combination Vehicles, was approved and published by the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Standards Administration of China (SAC) on July 26 and went into effect on the same day. GB1589-2016

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Li Anding: Shame on you, brothers!

The debate about relaxing the 50:50 joint venture equity rules has been going on for years. In the name of protecting Chinese brands, the conservatives have been labeling their opponents, who call for relaxing the rule, national traitors. But it would be ridiculous to mark two people in the pro-reforming

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U.S. to impose punitive duties on Chinese tires

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On July 14, 2015, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) arrived at the conclusion in a final ruling that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China, which were deemed to be subsidized and

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US dings China’s procurement, auto policies in WTO report

NEW YORK -- The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently criticized a litany of Chinese policies as potentially flouting World Trade Organization rules, including Beijing's policies pertaining to government procurement and electric vehicles, along with numerous complaints about lax intellectual property enforcement. In its annual report to the U.S.

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China to relax equity share control, but not overnight

At a recent news conference, MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) spokesman Xiao Chunquan told reporters that China would relax equity share control of joint venture vehicle manufacturers and his ministry would be working on specific procedures in doing so. A revision of the China’s current automotive industry policies

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Relinquishing equity control may not open the flood gate for foreign brands

The subject of removing equity control over foreign investment in vehicle assemblies reminds people of the famous debate between two ministers in China. One was He Guangyuan, former minister of Machinery Industry, and the other Long Yongtu, former vice minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. There was so much

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Government procurement not against WTO rules

China’s 2012 Catalogue of Automobiles for Selection as Official Cars for Party and Government Organs, released on February 24 by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for public comments, has generated much attention from the media and the industry. While most analysts in China welcomed the Catalogue, saying

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WTO entry has nurtured China’s auto industry, but challenges and problems remai

BEIJING – China’s entry into the WTO has helped nurture the country’s automotive market over the last decade, but many challenges and problems remain, according to several industry experts and government officials who spoke at a forum in Beijing on October 31 as China will soon celebrate the 10th anniversary

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