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Update: New Chinese Policy May Force Automakers to Share Technology; Dingell Outraged!

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On: Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 9:44AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Update: New Chinese Policy May Force Automakers to Share Technology; Dingell Outraged!

The latest automotive news related to the Chinese government’s intention to gain information from other automakers for its advantage in the renewable energy market is not a topic for discussion in the U.S. House of Representatives.

United States Representative John Dingell, D-Mich., has made a statement that he felt “outraged” about the government in China for attempting to put pressure on automakers around the world to reveal technology blueprints for electric vehicles in exchange for the privilege of selling cars to China’s booming automotive market.

Dingell stated that China’s imposed arrangement would “violate the sanctity of the intellectual property laws we hold so dear in the United States.” Dingell said in a recent e-mail statement that “the step would violate Chinese obligations as a World Trade Organization member.”

A letter written by Dingell to Zhang Yesui, Chinese ambassador to the U.S., was recently released wherein he wrote that China’s expectation to require technological information before allowing for automakers to sell to its market would “damage trade relations between our two nations.”
Dingell’s specialty in serving on the House Committee has been his expertise in Energy and Commerce.

There has not yet been any response from Chinese Embassy spokesperson, Wang Baodong, in Washington, and Dingell still awaits a returned phone call or e-mail for comment on the issue.

There are many automakers around the world including Toyota Motor Corp., General Motors Co., and Shenzen in China (backed by Warren Buffett’s company named Bershire Hathaway Inc.), that plan to produce electric-powered vehicles to export to China’s world-leading automotive market.

China’s goal is to progress to be the world’s largest renewable-energy auto market by the year 2020, according to a Shanghai Securities News report.


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