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Türkiye Puts Its Best Foot Forward to Charm Chinese Investors

By Burcin Gercek Türkiye plans to draw on its geographical position and an EU customs deal to entice Chinese investors keen to access European markets tariff-free, as it recently just did with carmaker BYD. The ...

China’s BYD Signs Deal to Open Electric Car Plant in Turkey

China's electric vehicle giant BYD on Monday signed a one-billion-dollar agreement with Turkey to open a plant in the country in a move that would help it dodge new EU tariffs. The signing ceremony in Istanbul between BYD's CEO Wang Chuanfu ...

China’s BYD Opens EV Plant in Thailand Despite Slowdown, Tariff Row

By Damon Wake China's electric vehicle giant BYD opened a factory in Thailand on Thursday, continuing its international expansion despite a market slowdown and hours before the European Union was due to impose swingeing tariffs on Chinese EV firms.

Western Tariffs a ‘Challenge’ for China’s Battery Giant CATL

By Agatha Cantrill An executive from China's battery giant CATL said on Thursday that Western tariffs tied to electric vehicles present a "challenge" for the firm and are bad for customers as well. Citing unfair ...

China’s Big Push to Dominate the Egyptian Automotive Market

Chinese auto brands are revving up to capture an even bigger share of the Egyptian vehicle market, one of the three largest in Africa. The state-run auto major BAIC Motors opened a flagship dealership in Cairo this week to boost sales ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Chinese EV Exports to Brazil Surge to Avoid New Tariffs

Brazilian imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles surged by almost 50% in the first quarter of 2024 compared to last year. BYD and other Chinese automakers are rushing to get their vehicles into the market ahead of new import duties that will ...

Chinese Electric Vehicles Shine at Bangkok Auto Show

The Bangkok International Motor Show opened Wednesday, with a range of Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) prominently displayed by the likes of BYD, XPeng, and Zeekr. Chinese brands now dominate Thailand’s EV market and are using the country as a manufacturing base ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. To Meet U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Next Tuesday

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken next Tuesday to discuss the escalating tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea. Separately, a summit with Marcos and the leaders of Japan and the U.S. is in the final planning stage and ...

BYD Launches Low-Cost Model in Mexico and Will Choose Site for Plant This Year

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD launched its Dolphin hatchback model in Mexico with a price tag around half that of the cheapest Tesla model. Stella Li, president of BYD Americas, stated that the company will choose a site for its new ...

BYD Is Not Planning to Enter the U.S. Market

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD is not planning to enter the U.S. market, according to Stella Li, CEO of BYD Americas, and will instead focus only on Mexico's domestic market with plans to construct a plant in the vicinity of Mexico City.
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