In order to enter the coveted Chinese market, it is part of the rules and regulations that you have to partner up with a Chinese company to set up shop there. Proton has had intentions of entering the Chinese market for quite some time and now it is rumoured that they’ve identified a suitable partner for them to enter the Chinese market with.

The prospective partner is Jinhua Young Man Automobile, based in Zhejiang. Rumours are that Jinhua is setting up to build a sedan model with Proton at it’s factory in Shandong. Jinhua also assembled 800cc minis in Iran with Iran Khodro.

The first sedan is expected to roll out of production in June 2006. It’s not known whether it will be a Proton or Jinhua-badged model, or whether it will look like any of the Protons we have here in Malaysia.