China added its voice to overseas critics of U.S. tax breaks for new electric vehicles, calling them discriminatory.
The new health, climate and tax law known as the Inflation Reduction Act includes tax credits of as much as $7,500 for new EVs if their batteries are made from critical materials extracted or recycled in the U.S. or by its free-trade-agreement partners, and not from China, Russia and other “foreign entities of concern.”
It’s one of multiple measures and initiatives designed in part to wean the U.S. from other EV parts suppliers, particularly Asia.
China is the world’s second-biggest producer of electric batteries and controls much of the processed materials, cell assembly and battery components for EVs.
Already, the European Union and South Korea have criticized the tax breaks.