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Xinhua: Several Provinces Require Domestic-Branded Cars for Government Procurement

Xinhua recently reported that several provinces just released regulations that require government branches to use domestic-branded cars. These new rules are the implementation of the general requirements that the new Communist Party leadership recently developed. These provinces include Ningxia, Hunan, Gansu, Anhui, and Xinjiang. Shanghai and the City of Guangzhou (the capital of Guangdong Province) have already started purchasing domestic cars. However, the new regulations apply only when current government cars reach the end of their life. Meanwhile, there is still no official Catalog of Domestic Cars, which, starting in 2011, triggered a large internal debate. The main pressure came from foreign governments. China did not join the optional WTO Agreement on Government Procurement. 
Source: Xinhua, February 4, 2013