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Chinese companies, both private and state-owned, continue to benefit from generous government subsidies and grants: In the case of electric vehicle maker BYD, state support in 2018 was nearly equal to the company's bottom line.   © Reuters
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For some Chinese companies, generous state subsidies make up for losses

Electric vehicle makers weather tough year thanks to government largesse

KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Asian Review chief business news correspondent | China

HONG KONG/TOKYO -- For the Chinese auto industry, 2018 was a triple whammy.

Wang Chuanfu, founder of electric car and battery maker BYD, neatly summed up the industry's problems in the company's latest annual report: "international trade friction, slowing macroeconomic growth and reduction in tax incentives for new energy vehicle buyers."

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