Held in Shanghai last year, China’s largest car industry event has returned to the country’s capital. The Chinese market has become increasingly important for German manufacturers.
Mercedes-Benz's seemingly innocuous Instagram post prompted outrage in China and the German carmaker has since apologized. Mercedes is one of a number of brands to upset Beijing with its online marketing.
China has announced it will steeply reduce import duties for both automobiles and car parts. Beijing is opening up the world's largest auto market amid an easing of tensions with the United States.
Beijing is abolishing the joint-venture requirement for foreign carmakers. But the move comes too late for big German players, who are already too intertwined with their Chinese partners, says DW’s Frank Sieren.
After Trump reiterated his anti-free trade rhetoric at the G7, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker hit back with a more traditional weaponry known as "the facts." German automakers eye proceedings nervously.
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