U.S. Congressman Wants China to Drop Electric Car Technology Demands

China said to be planning to require U.S. car makers share technology in exchange for market access.

Published: 06-Oct-2010

Washington -- Michigan's senior member of Congress wants China to drop plans to force U.S. automakers to share electric vehicle technology.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, said in a letter today to the Chinese ambassador to the United States, Zhang Yesui, that they should drop plans "to require foreign automakers to hand over electric vehicle technology to their Chinese competitors in exchange for market access in China."

"I am outraged that the Chinese government is considering plans to force foreign automakers to give up proprietary electric vehicle technology to their Chinese competitors in order to be allowed access to China's market. This violates the sanctity of the intellectual property laws we hold so dear in the United States and amounts, in my estimation, to a violation of China's obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization," Dingell wrote, citing recent news reports.

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