March 19 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp. can thank U.S. taxpayers for $13.4 billion in loans that have kept it running. The carmaker can also thank Chinaâs government, which is kicking in subsidies of as much as $1,170 to help it sell vans. The automakerâs China minivan venture boosted sales 32 percent in the first two months after a cut in retail taxes on small vehicles. The government is now giving out 5 billion yuan ($731 million) in subsidies to spur auto sales in rural areas. GM doubled its 2009 forecast for Chinaâs market growth as the tax cuts and subsidies revived demand, helping the country pass the U.S. as the worldâs largest auto market so far this year. By contrast, the Detroit-based carmakerâs domestic sales have plunged 51 percent, forcing it to seek as much as $16.6 billion more in government aid. âEvery farmer in China wants a new vehicle, all 800 million of them,â said Yale Zhang, a consultant at CSM Asia in Shanghai. âIt looks like the government wants to make that happen.â The auto subsidies fit into Chinaâs wider push to help spread economic growth into rural areas, heavily dependent on agriculture. The rural areas are home to about half of the countryâs 1.3 billion people. They are also in line with Chinaâs 4 trillion yuan stimulus plan designed to help revive the economy by spurring domestic consumption. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aBAwUxbUAzTY&refer=home Government controlled spending "de luxe" ! BUt it works !