The New York Times is reporting that at a time when U.S. automakers are pleading for emergency loans from the U.S. government, China’s car manufacturers are also appealing to their government for help. Xu Heyi, chairman of Beijing Automobile Industries Holding Co, says “China is the last booming market nowadays, and foreign automakers are investing more money and building more factories here, threatening our own businesses” adding “I think the government should control this more strictly and support development of our national brands as much as possible.” Elsewhere, Wang Tian Jun, a spokesman for Hunan Changfeng Motor Co, a major maker of sports utility vehicles, admitted “sales are still not good.” Wang feels “The government should boost the economy by strengthening people’s buying power and cut taxes to encourage spending” adding “I doubt we, as a smaller, local automaker could get subsidies from the government, but it would be a great help if the government would do something to support the overall industry through these hard times.”