Hopes are rising that the proposed life-saving link-up between MG Rover and Chinese carmaker Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation will soon be completed.
Chancellor Gordon Brown is spelling out the Government's support for the joint venture, which is regarded as crucial to the survival of the Longbridge company, during a three-day official visit to China.
There have been claims that the Chinese Government, which controls Shanghai Automotive (Saic), the country's biggest car company, is split on the merits of the MG Rover deal.
But all the signs now are that the complex legal and technical negotiations will be completed soon.
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