Foreign reporters are a welcome interview target at the Global Automotive Forum in Chengdu, much to the amazement of the reporters who are used to interview other people. There is a lengthy interview with someone from TTAC. I don’t know what it says, it’s all in Chinese. (Don’t trust Google translate. Informed sources tell me the headline says: “Schmit: China’s car makers should open up to the media.”)
This will be the topic of tomorrow’s round table discussion. It’s not that Chinese automakers are biased against foreigners. Even Chinese colleagues tell me that doors close and phones get hung up when they reveal that they work for a foreign news outlet.