(Yicai Global) June 12 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has instructed government officials to accelerate self-driving partnerships with Germany after visiting one of China's Bosch units.
Li visited the offices of Bosch Automotive Products Changsha yesterday, where he told company executives that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had said several times that her nation was willing to work with China to develop autonomous driving technology, according to China's official government website.
Li talked with Merkel during her official visit to China last month, and told the German leader that China was open to collaboration in emerging industries, including autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Vehicles.
The nation, often in the spotlight for breaching intellectual property rights, is ready to shore up patent protection in order to enhance ties with Germany, the report added. China has already liberalized equity ratio limits on foreign joint ventures for new-energy vehicles as it looks to embrace automakers from around the world.
Editor: James Boynton