Mon, September 27, 2010
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Buffett visits China's clean energy automaker BYD

2010-09-27 10:52:07 GMT2010-09-27 18:52:07 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

American investor Warren Buffett, left, and Chinese tycoon, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu attend a news conference in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, MondaySeptember 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

American investor Warren Buffett, center, and Chinese tycoon, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu, right, pose with one of taxi drivers from the first BYD taxi team,in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, Monday September 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

From right, American investor Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and Chinese tycoon, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu show theirthumb up during BYD's 1 million Auto Sales Celebration Ceremony in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, Monday September 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

American investor Warren Buffett, second right, and Chinese tycoon, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu, right, present a mock key to the 1 million BYD car buyer,left in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, Monday September 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

American investor Warren Buffett, left, and Chinese tycoon, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu attend the news conference in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province,Monday Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

US billionaire investor Warren Buffett arrived in south China's boom town Shenzhen on Monday to attend a series of electric car marketing activities of China's fastest growing automaker BYD Co.

Buffett holds 10 percent of Hong Kong-listed BYD's stock, which he bought with about $230 million in September 2008. His share is now worth as much as $1.7 billion.

Wang Jianjun, a sales manager of BYD, said Buffett was invited as a guest to attend a ceremony to celebrate BYD's inking of an agreement for building an energy storage power station with China Southern Power Grid and the market debut of the company's F3DM electric hybrid car.

Buffett is scheduled to visit BYD's plants in Shenzhen and Huizhou cities in Guangdong province on Tuesday and leave for Beijing on Wednesday, where he will co-host with Bill Gates a charity banquet to meet about 50 wealthy Chinese to share ideas about philanthropy.

His trip will end in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan province, where he plans to visit BYD's electric bus production base.

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