U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) responded to China's "requests" to reveal proprietary technology with these words: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.
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?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.
[Source: Automotive News – sub. req., Detroit News]