Chinese manufacturers are using the billions they have raised from international investors and sympathetic local leaders to beat established carmakers to the market.
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The long months of harsh lockdown have faded from view in Wuhan, the first city in the world devastated by the new coronavirus.
The party, led by business executives who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland, is entering the fray amid forceful moves by Beijing to quash dissent.
In just five years, China says it has lifted from extreme poverty over 50 million farmers left behind by breakneck economic growth in cities.
To officials, the statue of Yang Asha, a goddess of beauty, serves as a tribute to the rich culture of the local people. To many others in China, she is another white elephant.
Hainan province, an island the size of Maryland in the South China Sea, has been envisioned as a free-trade port and international commercial hub.