BEIJING — DaimlerChrysler AG may be looking for a politically correct way out of its partnership in Beijing Jeep Corp. (BJC). And then again, maybe not. The first-ever joint venture in China's auto manufacturing industry, inherited by the former Chrysler Corp. in 1987 when it took over American Motors Corp., today increasingly is looking like a lost cause. Saddled with an aged plant, bloated workforce and two outdated models, BJC is struggling to survive (see FOCUS ON CHINA — June '98, ...

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