I don't much
appreciate copyright infringements and have made that clear before. Contemporary China, though, has a tradition that might not be best suited to fully appreciate what the concept entails elsewhere and actually they're currently also forcing a change how everyone else has to view intellectual property. The issue must be further complicated by their manufacturing powerhouse status (I guess there's a 70-80% chance the microwave in your kitchen, or your printer comes from Shenzhen or a comparable area). Foreigners having Chinese to make countless copies of designs originating elsewhere can't make it easier to draw such distinctions. It will be some time, though, until Geelys, Laibaos, Cherys, Shuanghuangs and such become very prominent elsewhere.
What I'm kind of hoping is that instead of putting enormous pressure on global oil demand (and other resources), they'd recognise that on the medium to long term this just won't work - and in fact is misplaced investment even now. China is one of the places where despite the brisk industrialisation they still are in the unique position of thinking ahead and starting to design, support and produce sustainable mobility (and everything else) to begin with. I'm afraid though, that many there currently see copying as a far more lucrative business model and are making that a self realising prophecy by using the local human resources to full effect. That might come back to bite them, but I'm afraid only until a certain segment of the population has become very wealthy and doesn't have to care anymore.
It's also a mistake to think China as an entity separate from everyone else's actions either. Foreign investors (US, European, Asian, you name it) have certain ideas about China's "place" and purpose in the world, hopefully not solely on a limited and unimaginative scale. I hope that there are enough people with vision within and outside China to recognise the true possibilities of that country (the same goes for India, Indonesia and so on).
Billions of minds can come up with incredible things if given the chance; we're at a unique place within human history. We'd propably number too many at the moment considering mere biological survival odds for such a population (98% of all vertebrates on Earth by weight are humans, farm animals or pets) but on the other hand we've altered our evolution and evolutionary pressures from purely environmental and biological to largely cultural. That process is imprinted in our genes and memes inextricably and through the generations we've truly become responsible for this Earth in the (originally naïve) belief that we can be responsible for all this. Well, now it's the time to rise up to that challenge, or face pretty dismal times later on.
This requires a change in how we think about leadership, and the value of human intellectual capabilities. The latter is not a thing to waste, even if there'd seem to be an abundance of it around. China and India are World leaders in this regard by sheer numbers alone, being labeled developing nations is just details compared to their importance in global affairs. Others can help, but the fact of the matter is that they have to assume and accept a lot more responsibility if there is to be any balance in how our Earth is managed. The current shape of their car/mobility industries is a detail in all this, but accurately mirrors their (and everyone else's) challenges ahead.
There's a lot to be done. Luckily it involves using our brains, so it's not all toil, sweat and tears.