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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top executive at General Motors says the company was humbled by its "near-death experience" and hopes to rebound from its bankruptcy two years ago.

GM CEO Dan Akerson says in a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., that the automaker is making strides after its large initial public offering in November.

He says GM is well-positioned to take advantage of growth markets in China and India and benefit from its new plug-in electric car, the Chevrolet Volt.

The government gave GM $49.5 billion to bail out the automaker in 2008 and 2009. Treasury earned $13.5 billion from GM's IPO.

U.S. taxpayers still own 33 percent of the company.

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