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SHANGHAI -- Largely overlooked in last month's sweeping management reorganization of the new post-bankruptcy General Motors Co. was a recentering of power to Shanghai.

Nick Reilly went from overseeing GM's Asia operations based in Shanghai to overseeing all of the automaker's operations outside of North America, except for Opel -- ending decades of bureaucratic silos that had carved up the globe into regional divisions.

So while GM's Canada and Mexico operations report through the United States, most of the rest of the world reports through China.

"It should signal to everybody that certainly North America is going to be important to righting the ship, but basically the bread is going to be buttered out of Asia," said Michael Robinet, vice president of global vehicle forecasts at CSM Worldwide. "GM fully understands that, and that's the reason why they put more decision-making capability out of Asia for their future fortunes."

As GM looks to sell off majority control of its Opel division in Europe, the Detroit automaker will likely draw on lessons from its China operations, where it is partnered with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. and Wuling Motors, for managing its new relationship.

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Nice that we are exploiting Asia for a change instead of the other way around.

maybe....or is it a move to move HQ out of the country.......?

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