China revives Red Flag limo in display of ambition

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In this April 21, 2013 photo, a visitor takes a close-up photo of Hongqi L9 is displayed at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (AUTO Shanghai) in Shanghai, China. China is reviving the illustrious Red Flag marque, better known at home by its Chinese name, Hong Qi, courtesy of a government-backed program to promote domestic brands that dovetails neatly with efforts to step-up China’s diplomatic profile, partly through a greater emphasis on the pomp and circumstance accompanying state visits. The L9, is reserved for Chinese state leaders, flaunts a 6.4-meter (21-foot) armored chassis, suicide doors that open backward, and a price tag reported at around $1 million. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)