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Biden and Xi discuss cars: How Hongqi auto impressed the US President

By Ali Ramay

November 16, 2023 04:51 PM


In a recent meeting between President Biden and President Xi Jinping in San Francisco during the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, the leaders engaged in a unique conversation about cars. Biden, impressed by Xi's Hongqi car, likened its beauty to the renowned Cadillac Beast.

President Xi, proud of China's automotive achievements, shared insights into the history and success of Hongqi Auto.Accoring to Company's History.. Originating in 1958, Hongqi, meaning "Red Flag," symbolizes prestige and leadership. Initially created for state leaders, the brand has evolved into a symbol of Chinese automotive excellence.

Recently, during a visit to an automobile museum in Beijing, I had the opportunity to delve into the rich history of Hongqi Auto. The museum provided a comprehensive overview of the brand's evolution, highlighting its role in shaping China's automotive industry.

Hongqi's journey began with the development of its first model, the CA72, which quickly became a symbol of luxury and sophistication. Over the decades, the brand expanded its lineup, introducing a range of sedans and limousines, each reflecting the fusion of traditional Chinese aesthetics and modern automotive technology.

The brand gained international attention with its participation in various motor shows and events. Notably, the L5 limousine drew global acclaim for its elegant design and advanced features, solidifying Hongqi's position as a prominent luxury car manufacturer.

Back in San Francisco, the conversation between Biden and Xi highlighted the global recognition of Chinese automotive excellence. As the leaders discussed the intricacies of their respective vehicles, it became evident that Hongqi Auto is not just a national pride but a testament to China's technological advancements.

The discussion between Presidents Biden and Xi on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting offered a unique glimpse into the intersection of politics and automotive appreciation. Hongqi Auto, with its rich history and global acclaim, stands as a symbol of China's automotive prowess, transcending borders and earning its place on the international stage.


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Ali Ramay is a senior reporter for City42 and 24NewsHD, based in Lahore.He is primarily responsible for gathering and reporting news related to the Punjab Government and provincial departments.


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