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Electric cars in China

Tesla Shanghai factory to drive China's electric car dominance

CEO Elon Musk makes high-profile visit to tout plans for enormous production hub

A Tesla dealership in Beijing. The American automaker is on course to turn China into a second export hub for its electric vehicles.   © Kyodo

SHANGHAI/BEIJING -- Tesla's planned vast factory in Shanghai furthers China's ambition to grow from the world's largest auto market into a true automotive heavyweight, bringing key technologies and opportunities for local parts makers.

Shanghai's Communist Party chief Li Qiang rolled out the welcome mat for Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday, when the American electric vehicle maker signed a memorandum of understanding with the city to build an enormous production and development hub.

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