The first new MG for 16 years rolled off the production line in the West Midlands in 2011.
It marked the first large-scale production at the plant near Birmingham since the demise of Rover in 2005.
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Two models are currently designed and assembled in Birmingham - MG3 and an SUV, the MG GS - sales are increasing, the company reporting a total year on year rise of 18 per cent.
Matthew Cheyne, of MG Motor UK, said moving production abroad was "a necessary business decision".
Not taking that view is Richard Burden, Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield, he criticised the decision, "hugely disappointing and premature".
"I understand the business concerns that MG have surrounding costs of assembly at Longbridge, aggravated by problems with the strength of the pound (sterling)," he said.
"However, more discussions should have taken place to explore alternatives and options before any decisions were finalised."
He said the government was willing to meet MG to discuss options and he had hoped the announcement would not be made until further talks had been held. Clearly that will not now take place.
Julian Bray commented: China has long been dumping very cheap steel on world markets, so the move to China would seem to be designed to take advantage of substantive cost savings at all stages of manufacture and assembly. Just to 'rub salt into the wound' the manufacturing assembly plant will all be crated up and shipped out to China.
Source BBC, CNS,
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