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    JAM
    March 28, 2007 at 12:06 am
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    MG sports car returns, made in China
    Tiny two-seater finds new life. Talks are ongoing to open factory in the U.S.
    March 27 2007: 11:54 AM EDT

    NANJING, China (Reuters) — A venerable British motor brand was reborn in a gritty Chinese industrial suburb on Tuesday as state-owned Nanjing Automobile Group rolled out its first MG sports cars and saloons.

    A racing green MG TF two-seater convertible, a copy of the popular original British model, was unveiled at a plant in the eastern city of Nanjing — the first Made-in-China MG car.

    Staff look at a new MG 7 car during the MG car launch ceremony at Nanjing Automobile Group in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu province March 27, 2007.

    Nanjing Auto, a medium-sized car maker that began life as a military garage in 1947, will use the MG marque founded in the 1920s to target China’s fast-growing ranks of wealthy buyers.

    “We are keeping the original British flavour,” said Zhang Xin, general manager of Nanjing subsidiary making the cars. “But in the future, the major market for MG will be in China…”

    Priced at between 180,000 yuan and 400,000 yuan ($23,255 to $51,710), the MG cars will be beyond the reach of most Chinese, costing well over two years’ salary….

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  2. 3 May 9, 2007 at 10:52 pm
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    By-the-by… The original site of the Forbidden City was part of the Imperial City built by the Mongolian ‘Yuan’ Dynasty. Chinese were barred from entering it on pain of death. The section known as the ‘Forbidden City’ was a palace built by the succeeding Ming prince Zhu Di. Although Zhu was Chinese, he was no fan of the idea of allowing ordinary Chinese to view his palace. It later passed to the Qing, who were also not Chinese (Manchurian this time). The Communist Dynasty pretty much wrecked the place, before realising that is was useful for political reasons.

    I’m not keen on seeing Starbucks (or, indeed, any commercial) signage in locations such as this, but for Rui Chenggang to get fired up over a non-Chinese presence in the place, is utterly ludicrous a best, and xenophobic racism at worst (and anyone who’s heard the guy talk knows which it is).

    Great blog post, keep it up.

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