Over the years General Motors (GM) has become China’s second largest automaker, mainly through a 50:50 Joint Venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). This is an achievement for which GM should command a lot of respect as joint ventures with Chinese partners have been known to be tricky at times. Now GM has just announced that it will not only sell parts of its Indian operations to SAIC, but that it would also transfer an additional 1 % of the stock in the joint venture to them, thus raising their stake to 51 %. After this move, GM China has finally become Chinese, and this is may be a whole different ball game. To some degree the move is understandable as GM has been desperate for cash recently, but strategically the deal does not make an awful lot of sense (unless you’re SAIC, of course).
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