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China Automotive Systems (CAAS)

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Kevin Theiss Investor Relations Manager
Jie Li Chief Financial Officer
Peter Halesworth Heng Ren Partners
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Operator

Greetings and welcome to the China Automotive Systems Third Quarter 2018 Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Kevin Theiss, Investor Relations. Mr. you, Thank Theiss.

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Operator

Thank you.

to get session. We [Operator Instructions] will our now you. start question-and-answer Thank Q&A,

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Jie Li

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Jie Li

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Unidentified Analyst

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Jie Li

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Unidentified Analyst

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Jie Li

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Jie Li

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Unidentified Company Representative

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Operator

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Unidentified Analyst

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Jie Li

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Unidentified Analyst

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Jie Li

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Unidentified Analyst

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Unidentified Company Representative

[Foreign Language]

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Unidentified Analyst

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Jie Li

Thank you.

Operator

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Peter Halesworth

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Peter Halesworth

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Peter Halesworth

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Operator

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Unidentified Company Representative

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Jie Li

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Operator

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Kevin Theiss

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Operator

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