* Daimler in early stage partnership talks with ride-hailing
* Talks to explore potential China partnerships
* Potential partners include Didi
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SHANGHAI, April 19 (Reuters) - Daimler AG is in
talks with local Chinese ride-hailing firms including Didi
Chuxing to discuss potential cooperation deals, board member
Hubertus Troska said on Wednesday.
"We are talking to the leading players including Didi about
how we may develop something," Troska, Daimler's board member
with responsibility for Greater China, told journalists gathered
at the Shanghai Motor Show.
"All talks are at an early stage," spokeswoman Simonette
Illi later added.
The German carmaker regularly meets with all of the leading
providers of mobility services in China, including Didi, Daimler
Separately, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said he
sees further potential for expanding production in China by
continuing to work with joint-venture partner BAIC Motor Corp
"We see no limiting factors regarding continued expansion
with this partner," Zetsche said in response to a question about
whether Daimler was exploring further partnerships like rival
(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Christopher Cushing)