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lower-income－some growing and others not) developing countries will be of huge importance in red
ucing poverty further. Although these countries face significant headwinds, they could also seize imp
ortant new growth opportunities－especially with the help of digital platforms.
The headwinds are certainly considerable. For starters, advances in digital technolo
gies－robotics, machine learning, sensors, and vision－directly threaten the labor-intensive manu
facturing and assembly upon which lower-income, nonresource-rich economies have traditionally relied.
Moreover, climate change has had its greatest economic impact on the tropical and subtropical regio
ns where most of the lower-income countries are located. The effects of global warming are highly disrup
tive in fragile economies, and, taken together, constitute a major new obstacle to growthle
cles are starting to gain momentum in the private market. With the overall vehicle market remaini
ng flat, sales of new energy vehicles last year reached 1.25 million, up 61.7 percent year-on-year, and
the figure is expected to reach 1.6 million this year according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
China plans to stop subsidies on new energy cars by the end of 2020. To ensure a smooth transi
tion, the government decides to achieve this goal by enacting policy in several phases. This year’s subs
idy standard was slashed 50 percent on average from 2018, Xinhua reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.
The source said the proportion cut is basically consistent with falling ratios of general cost for co
mplete vehicles, while pointing out with the rapid expansion of the NEV industry some enterprises tend
ed to become reliant on long-standing subsidies, leading to weak competitiveness.
The statement also asked local governments to remove subsidies on purchases o
f new energy cars after a three-month grace period starting Tuesday. Instead, more funds will be used
to build infrastructure, including charging and hydrogen refueling facilities, and to facilitate relevant services.