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China has a fair shot at building the car of the future

Western firms that are inclined to belittle, or disregard, the rather enormous competition that may be heading their way do so at their own peril.

While Chinese car companies are still playing catch-up on manufacturing quality, the cards are distributed anew now that the connectivity issue ranks above all.

THE Detroit Auto Show has long set the tone for the global car industry, but a new player on the other side of the world could prove to be a bigger player. As the Beijing Motor Show begins on Monday, it's worth taking a closer look at China's car industry.

True, China has a long way to go...

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