BEIJING — Locally made cars are gaining strength against imports in China's car market, says Chen Ping, deputy manager of China Imported Motor Vehicles Trading Center. Statistics show that in 1998, China imported 40,000 vehicles, 15,000 units, or 26.4%, less than in the previous year. Some 15,000 of the total were midsize models, the most popular type of cars in the country. Of the car imports, 11,524 units came from Japan, 455 from South Korea and 345 from the U.S. Most of the cars ...

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