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International relations

German leader juggles China policy, balancing profits and principles

Washington and Beijing in tug-of-war over key European heavyweight

The first BMW iX3 comes off the production line at BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang, China. The joint venture employs 20,000 people in northeastern China. (Photo courtesy of BMW)

NEW YORK -- For 14 consecutive years, BMW's joint venture in China has been the top taxpayer in the northeastern city of Shenyang. Employing more than 20,000 people and fed by 400 suppliers, the two plants in the capital of Liaoning Province constitute the German automaker's largest production base in the world.

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