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China Automotive Systems (CAAS)

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Qizhou Wu CEO
Kevin Theiss Manager of IR
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Operator

Greetings, and welcome to the China Automotive Systems First Quarter 2020 Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions].

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. to conference like host, to now Mr. would turn over the your I Relations Systems. China Theiss, for Kevin Investor Automotive Thank you.

You may begin.

Kevin Theiss

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Operator

you. you. Thank [Operator Instructions]. Thank

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Unidentified Analyst

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Unidentified Analyst

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Qizhou Wu

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Operator

Thank [Operator you. Instructions].

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Unidentified Analyst

Thank you.

Qizhou Wu

Thank you.

Operator

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Unidentified Analyst

Thanks very much.

Qizhou Wu

Thank you.

Operator

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Qizhou Wu

Thank you.

Operator

to our Thank the session. turn any concludes Theiss Ladies final floor you. question-and-answer Instructions]. comments. back [Operator for Mr. I’ll this gentlemen, and

Kevin Theiss

thank conference speaking to safe. you every to We We your of be again. wish you look to participation for you in Goodbye. we And call. and one each today's want forward with

Operator

Thank you. This concludes today's conference.

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