Wow! It's one of those take it and deal with it type of quotes. This is how it is and this is exactly what needs to be done, if you don't like it, tough. There's one problem we have with his words though. Why is China singled out here? Couldn't another country be forced to go without oil rather than China? And who are "these people"? Is Zetsche referring to the Chinese population? If so, he better hope that "those people" don't get wind of his words.If you look at the population and the growth here, you quickly reach the conclusion that it would be unthinkable to provide these people with traditional gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. There just isn't enough oil for that. So there has to be personal transportation that is not dependent on oil and is CO2-free to the greatest possible extent. In this regard, BYD is clearly a front runner.
[Source: Automotive News – sub. req. | Image: Natalie Maynor - C.C. License 2.0]