AUTOSHOW-Daimler says in talks with Didi, others for potential cooperation

* Daimler in early stage partnership talks with ride-hailing

firms

* 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

further said.

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

Ltd.

"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

Audi.

(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Christopher Cushing)