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Electric cars in China

Chinese electric cars prepare US blitz in 2020 despite trade war

GAC, Byton and NIO push ahead with launch plans, eager for new markets

GAC Motor President Yu Jun, left, poses with the Entranze electric concept car, which is due to launch in the U.S. in 2020.

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Chinese automakers plan to push ahead with major U.S. launches of electric vehicles in 2020 despite signs of rising protectionism and America's growing wariness of Chinese technology.

The moves by companies such as GAC Motor and Tencent-backed NIO come as China logged its first annual fall in new car sale in almost 30 years last year, leaving automakers eager to cultivate new markets abroad.

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