Local manufacturing has become the watchword (or words) when it comes to foreign automakers entering the Chinese market, and for a number of reasons. For one, the market is plenty large enough to make sense out of manufacturing locally instead of importing from overseas. For another, joint ventures with local automakers have been encouraged by the still tightly regulated economy. And now there's another reason: imported vehicles are about to face an extra measure of importation duties.

The taxes are being imposed specifically on cars with engine capacities of over 2.5 liters and made in the United States, which may principally boil down to the Detroit Three, but also affects foreign automakers that manufacture in the U.S. As a result, General Motors (for example) would face anti-dumping and countervailing duties between 8.9 and 12.9 percent, while BMW and Mercedes-Benz would be looking at around two percent.

The move by the Chinese Commerce Ministry is the latest in a series of trade disputes that seek to erect barriers to an otherwise opening economy, and one of the world's largest developing markets.


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      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeez., they might as well build a big wall on the border... oh, wait.
      cmhstnick
      • 3 Years Ago
      SLAP EM BACK !!! i am sure we import a hell of a lot more of their crap . I am sick of going to the store picking up products , only to find it's from China !! I am going out of my way to buy American made products and you all should be doing the same !! Most Chinese products are junk !!!!! Every time you buy a product with a made in China sticker... you are helping to ruin this country !! THINK ABOUT ! THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT !!
      Toni
      • 3 Years Ago
      They are doing exactly what we should have started doing long ago. Corporate greed trumps everything in our country. We will give away jobs, secrets and our country itself for a dollar. It's sickening. Let's tax, or better yet, not import all their junk. It's all cheap, contaminated, knock-off, lead-paint laden crap anyway.
      cdelairre
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Chinese steal intellectual property as a matter of government policy. They want foreign companies auto or otherwise to joint venture with local companies. They then learn trade secrets, patented processes, and techniques that would otherwise have cost them a fortune to develop. They then obtain government startup funds to build competitor companies driving the foreign company into a losing investment, because they cannot compete with cheap government subsidy money over the long term provided to a competitor. This has happened in many sectors of the economy including electronics, software, and other. By the numbers China is going to be the worlds largest economy, but we do not have to simply give our wealth away. We need to be smart about import duties taking into consideration lost technology, dumping, environmental impacts, etc. I am not saying that we should tax the hell out of them. I am simply saying that we should all be will to pay a little more for goods to reduce the costs of unemployment at home. The current situation is not sustainable. Something must be done with our import duties to reverse this trend.
        dcdcmn
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cdelairre
        What a well thought out and accurate explanation of what the Chinese are doing to steal from us. Absolutely no ethics. We need to tax everything from China so that items bought in America are cheaper. Once we stop buying their junk, their country will go back to where it was.
          catlikherr
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dcdcmn
          china just about owns america. dont piss them off they might sell their interest in america to russia. oh. they probably already own 50%
      • 3 Years Ago
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      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only way to fight back is for the citizens is to take it upon themselves to not buy anything made in China. As difficult as it may seem, it's not impossible. If you can't find anything in a store thats not made here, complain to the management and walk out. Once the retail stores start getting the message things may start to turn around. We can't depend on our elected officials to do the busness of the people, they're far too busy fighting the partisan battle that the so-called "uniter" keeps throwing gas on the fire. He could'nt make a pimple on a donkeys ass as far as taking a leadership role on this issue or any other for that matter so why depend on him for a solution. I get a chuckle from the dimwits that keep blaming the unions for this. There was an article not so long ago that produced facts and figures on who and what moved operations overseas to China and survey says-------------96% of all the companies and corporations that moved to China were "non-union". If any of you want someone to blame, look in the mirror. We all buy goods from China, sometimes unknowingly, but most of the time whit full knowledge of what we're doing.
      olesprky
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hell with those schmucks. Tariff the hell out of their goods and Wal-Mart prices will start to match those at Tiffany's
      Dawgz83948
      • 3 Years Ago
      U.S. should slap a 20% tarriff on everything coming from China.
        Chris Timberlake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dawgz83948
        Will you pay 15% more for anything made by, or incorporating electronic components?
        hdcjm1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dawgz83948
        If they did that they probably would pay the deficeit off a lot faster, but then we probably wouldn't be able to afford all the much.
          philips0811
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hdcjm1
          Might seem that way, but maybe it would then be financially feasible to manufacture here in the US again, and more people would be employed.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hdcjm1
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      budshort
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what's the problem? The U.S. just needs to implement a simple 25% or 30% import tariff on everything imported from China. Bodda-bing, problem solved - and we make a little extra money to help pay off our national debt that the so called “super committee” can’t seem to fix. I heard on a story on NPR that a Harley Davidson motorcycle costs about twice as much in China as it does here in the good ole' U S of A all because of the Chinese import taxes.
      Scott Reid
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm happy the Chinese did this now maybe a few Lefties will figuire out that when they but this stuff they are putting themselves out of a job!! we need to stop the desire to buy Chinese junk!!
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting that China can flood are market with junk that falls apart after a couple months, but they want to raise taxes us to sell stuff to them. Hopefully that will mean companies will start building things in the USA again, but I doubt it would happen since we know how greedy these companies are.
      lxixwithu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time to impose a tariff on anything imported from China. $10 a pound to start.
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