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What’s It Like to Buy a Tesla in China?

China figures big in the future plans of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), the Palo Alto, California-based electric car company that has captured the imagination of so many car enthusiasts — and investors. To illustrate how important China is to the company, Veronica Wu, Vice President of Tesla’s China operations, said earlier this year that she expects China [...]

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China: Getting Serious About Air Pollution?

Sunday looked like a pretty clear day when I woke up yesterday  in Beijing, one of the best we’ve had in a few weeks. However, when I checked my Air Quality Index (“AQI”) application, one that nearly all Beijingers have now installed on their cell phones, it stood at a decidedly “unhealthy” 145. So much [...]

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Shale Gas: China’s Untapped Resource

When I met recently with a senior investment officer from China Investment Corporation (“CIC”), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, I was told that CIC is very bullish on the United States. Why? In CIC’s opinion, the existence of large shale gas reserves in the U.S. will provide a massive shot in the arm for the [...]

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Will The Chinese Buy A Tesla?

Will the Chinese buy A Tesla? The management of Tesla Motors, Inc. (NasdaqGS:TSLA) certainly hopes so. At the Detroit Auto Show, Tesla announced its plans to open a dealership in Beijing — its first store in China — this spring. George Blankenship, the company’s vice president of worldwide sales, said the store will house an [...]

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Air Quality In China

The ink on the paper with my predictions for China was barely dry when what may become “the” story of 2013 came onto the scene—air quality. If I knew then what I know now, I would have had to have included a discussion about air quality. In the run-up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, [...]

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Behind China’s Rare Earth Controversy

Behind China’s Rare Earth Controversy

On Wednesday in Beijing, the Information Office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, published the country’s first white paper, on China’s rare earth industry. Some of the information in the report caused a stir in the U.S. equity markets. Shares of Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP), owner of the Mountain Pass rare earth mine in California, [...]

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Natural Gas Vehicles in China

Natural Gas Vehicles in China

With the price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States now at $4 — and climbing — CNBC’s Rick Santelli is making it his personal mission to demonstrate to the world that cars can easily be converted to run on natural gas. Santelli is best known for starting the Tea Party movement with [...]

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China, Beijing and the Electric Vehicle

China, Beijing and the Electric Vehicle

By all appearances, China’s central government is getting serious about electric vehicles. As we discussed in our recent post on Driving in Beijing, buying an electric vehicle is one way to get around the restrictions that Beijing began to impose this year on the issuance of new license plates. But, there are other benefits to [...]

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Air Quality in Beijing

As a follow-up to our previous post, air quality in Beijing over the past four days was as bad as I have seen it in my 15 years here. Today’s headline in China Daily, Capital’s air quality “worst,” summed it up best. According to the Beijing municipal environmental protection bureau’s website, air quality in Huangcun [...]

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How Green is China?

On days like today and the last few that we’ve had in Beijing, when the air is so thick that you can almost cut it with a knife, you have to wonder whether China is taking the environment seriously. In fact, air quality was so bad at the China Open on Thursday that the organizers [...]

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