Since announcing a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice last year, Barra and her executive team have been making news for posting stronger earnings and repositioning the automaker for future growth.
While its business in North America remains the primary profit driver for GM, the company's China operation is also critical to its profit outlook.
The recent instability of the Chinese stock market and growing concerns about the strength of the consumer there has some investors wondering if a slowdown could be a threat to to the automaker's long-term profitability.
Barra admits the pace of growth in the Chinese auto market may be moderating, but said GM is still positioned to do well in that country.
"The China team has already demonstrated the capability to respond to more volatile markets [and] size the business right," she said. "So we are very positive about China but recognize it will be slower growth and it will be more volatile."
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