Let's say you're an non-Chinese automaker interested in selling your cars in China. More specifically, say you're looking to sell a groundbreaking electric vehicle there. The cost might be higher than you're willing to pay. A recent report in The Wall Street Journal claims that the Chinese government aims to force foreign automakers to divulge their plug-in vehicle secrets in order to sell them in China. Bullying U.S. automakers around isn't exactly fair and at least two people – Congressional representatives from Michigan – are more than just a little upset over the concept. In fact, U.S. Representative John Dingell (D-MI) is downright outraged. Shortly after getting wind of China's proposition, Dingell issued this statement to the Chinese ambassador to the U.S., Zhang Yesui:
I am outraged that the Chinese government is considering plans to force foreign automakers to give up proprietary electric vehicle technology to their Chinese competitors in order to be allowed access to China's market. This violates the sanctity of the intellectual property laws we hold so dear in the United States and amounts, in my estimation, to a violation of China's obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization.
U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) responded to China's "requests" to reveal proprietary technology with these words:
We should all be alarmed by China's attempts to dominate the renewable energy industry through measures that discriminate against foreign manufacturers. China is trying to have it both ways: protecting its home market while exporting most of its production.
Unfortunately, China's position as the world's largest automotive market provides the country with a significant amount of leverage, but we'd like to see more U.S. politician's step up and deny China's demand for automakers to hand over their technological secrets. It's simply unacceptable for automakers to have to succumb to the nation's ludicrous demands. Isn't it?

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req., Detroit News]

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