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Biden’s Sanctions on Chinese EVs Highlights Stark Divide Between U.S. and Global South

BYD unveiled its first-ever hybrid pick-up in Mexico City on the same day that the United States imposed 100% tariffs on imported Chinese EVs. Image via BYD.

While the U.S. government moved aggressively on Tuesday to install massive new barriers intended to prevent Chinese electric vehicles from entering its market, Mexico, coincidentally on the same day, went entirely in the opposite direction — welcoming the launch of EV giant BYD’s first-ever mid-size hybrid pick-up truck.

These two events took place only hours apart. They highlight how differently the U.S. and other G7 states with large auto industries are reacting to the coming tsunami of Chinese-made EVs that are expected to flood global markets, compared to the Global South.

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