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Shanghai boils with aspirations of replacing Li Keqiang

Chinese politicians not named Xi Jinping or Wang Qishan jockey for 2023

TOKYO -- Shortly after sparking a controversy over the rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave, Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared in the booming city of Shanghai for a signing ceremony heralding his electric vehicle maker's first overseas plant.

The Shanghai factory is to produce up to 500,000 vehicles a year, a significant scale for an auto plant, and Musk's appearance was a win for China, now locked in a fierce trade war with the U.S., home of Tesla.

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