As Beijing and Washington try to hammer out a trade deal, electric auto giant Tesla is forging ahead in China. The company’s CEO Elon Musk broke ground on the Gigafactory in Shanghai on Monday, kick-starting an ambitious plan to produce half a million vehicles in China every year. The new plant, which is Tesla’s first outside the U.S., is located in the Lingang Area , a high-end manufacturing park in the southeast harbor of Shanghai. According to the Shanghai government’s statement on Monday, with an investment of over 50 billion yuan or seven billion U.S. dollars, Tesla’s new plant will be the largest foreign-invested manufacturing project in Shanghai’s history. Musk said in a series of tweets before the event, the company is aiming to complete the initial construction work this summer and start producing its Model 3 by the end of the year. So will Tesla reshape China's new energy cars or even the entire auto market? And how will Tesla's strategy fit in with President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan? Discussion guests are Professor Teng Binsheng, Associate Dean & Professor of Strategy at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Shanghai, and current affairs commentator Einar Tangen in Beijing.

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