Car Financing in China

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OVERVIEW

China and its economy
Capital : Beijing
Population : 1.3 billion
Area : 9.6 million sq km
Currency : Yuan Ren Min Bi
GNP : $4 Trillion (2001)
GDP : PPP $7.262 trillion (2004 est.)
Per Capita : $5,600 (2004 est.)
Form : People's Republic
Official Languages : Chinese (Mandarin)
Growth Rate in Real GDP :
1999 7.1%
2000 8.0%
2001 7.3%
2002 8.0%
2003 8.4%
2004 9.1%
Inflation rate (consumer prices): 4.1% (2004 est.)

Located in South East Asia, China is home to 1.3 billion people and constitutes 22% of the world's population. Stringent rules of the Marxist policies, an autocratic socialist system, left China a conservative, under-developed nation for most part until refurbishment of economic and trade policies in the late 1970 and 1980 sluggish dragged a nation of China's gigantic magnitude towards market-oriented economic development. The well known Open Door Policy introduced in 1978 began the journey of opening up China, its economy and the markets to the outside world. Since then China has been a potential market to some of the world's best known brands, products and services, allowing thousands of private firms to bloom, from indigenous small-town enterprises, to giant manufacturing concerns, built with foreign money.

China and the World Trade Organization
On December 11, 2001, China officially became the 143rd member of the World Trade Organization after 15 years of onerous negotiations to conform to WTO requirements in terms of trade and investment policies and open markets. Largely symbolic for a country with a political history such as China, it was mainly a strategic decision made by the Chinese government to face the new revolution of economic globalization. Since the WTO entry, the Chinese government has significantly improved its functions and administrative capability. Not only that, China has begun to revise and improve the laws governing foreign trade and investments as well as consumerism in its local markets. After a year of working within the WTO framework, China had accelerated industrial restructuring, investing a total of USD 25 billion in technical innovation projects. Accelerated growth and gdp

According to Ronkainen, China's integration into the world economy has resulted in spectacular numbers both in trade and investments. At a steady growth rate of 9.4%, world trade has quadrupled in 1990s to USD 474 billion. With a high growth rate, both in terms of population (at 1%) and GDP (at 9%), China is a major player in the world market particularly in consumer markets. In 1996, trade totaled $246 billion ($130 billion exports plus $116 billion imports), an increase of 3% over 1995. Exports being the key factor for its booming economic growth, China's major exports are labour-intensive products in light industrial and textile products, mineral fuels, heavy manufactures, and agricultural goods; Asian countries accounting for almost 40% of China's exports. China's chief trading partners are Japan, the United States, the European Union, South Korea, and Taiwan. Major imports are machinery, steel, chemicals, miscellaneous manufactures, industrial materials, and grain. With an abundant wealth of land and labour, foreign investment alone accounted for 42% of the GDP, becoming the largest receiver of FDI in the world after the US. Tariff levels

China, a large market of 1.3 billion consumers has always been tempting commercial players from the Europe and Americas, not only to just be able to sell their products in the huge Chinese market but also to be able to use its wealth of abundant resources such as land and cheap labor to manufacture to meet Chinese demands as well as for exports into other Asian economies. Of the many key factors playing a pivotal role in the ability of foreign makers to sell foreign or imported products, tariffs and taxes imposed by the Chinese government was a major obstacle. The symbolic and historic entry of China in the WTO in...
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