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The next China trade battle could be over electric cars

After several years of booming electric-car sales, driven by generous government subsidies for buyers, the government last year started cutting those funds, causing sales to fall. Foto: AP Photo/Martin Meissner

SHANGHAI - As Tesla inaugurates a $2 billion electric-car factory in China this month, a brief stroll around an upscale shopping district here shows the company already has plenty of local competition.

Electric taxis with green license plates cruise past the luxury boutiques of West Nanjing Road, fresh off the assembly line of state-owned SAIC Motor Corp. Storefronts for Chinese carmakers Byton and WM Motor display sleek new battery-powered models. And across from a Tesla dealership sits a multistory sales outlet for Nio, a Chinese company that delivered 20,000 electric cars to buyers last year...

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