From The Washington Post:
……The Chinese, to cite another example, make no bones about their intentions in this regard. In its various 50-50 partnerships with Western automobile manufacturers and suppliers, China is learning what to do and, more important, what not to do. As shown by the increasingly sophisticated cars from Chery Automotive Co. in Wuhu and the Great Wall Motor Co. in Hebei, China has quickly mastered the art of making cars the traditional Western way.
But the Chinese government has served notice to automotive manufacturers and consumers that it isn’t going to tolerate the hell-bent-for-torque-and-horsepower competition that has characterized so much of the Western approach to automobiles. Accordingly, the government of the People’s Republic of China is putting financial and political muscle behind a push for cleaner, more fuel-efficient automobiles. [Full Text]