BEIJING (Reuters) – BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd, the German premium automaker’s main Chinese joint venture, will build a third plant in Shenyang city, Liaoning province, according to a statement on the website of China’s cabinet on Wednesday.
The move was discussed during a meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and BMW <BMWG.DE> chief executive Harald Kruger.
BMW’s move comes at a time when the trade tensions between the United States and china made it difficult for BMW to efficiently import and sell U.S-produced SUVs. BMW has said the German premium brand might shift some production of those SUVs to China.
(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk, editing by Louise Heavens)