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China Stops Encouraging Foreign Investment in Auto Manufacturing

China will stop encouraging foreign investment in car manufacturing to allow for “healthy development” of a market that saw sales growth plummet to a tenth of last year’s pace.

The change ends seven years of foreign-investor benefits including reduced tariffs on imported plant equipment, said Jenny Gu, a senior market analyst at LMC Automotive in Shanghai. Foreign investment in more fuel-efficient vehicles will still be encouraged, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement.