China, Russia unveil life-size model of planned widebody jet

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

The US-China trade war has caused quite a "lot of psychological uncertainty" among European aircraft maker Airbus' Chinese partners and customers regarding their expectations for the country's aviation industry, a top official said on Tuesday.

Airbus, Boeing keen to see end of US-China trade war, as China opened its biggest airshow with a display that exhibited its flight desire.

The biennial Airshow China, being held in the coastal city of Zhuhai from November 6-11, is traditionally an event for Beijing to parade its growing aviation prowess. "Nobody will be the victor in this kind of trade war".

But the escalating trade war between the world's largest two economiesand China's slowing economy has sparked concerns over such rosy outlook.

Passenger jets, America's largest category of exports to China past year at US$16.3 billion, have not yet been hit by tariffs levied by Beijing.

The jet's designers have previously said its fuselage would be designed and made by China while the wings would be designed by Russian Federation. President Donald Trump criticises China for what he sees as intellectual property theft, entry barriers to USA business and a gaping trade deficit, while Beijing calls the complaints unreasonable.

He said the number of airplanes delivered to China has exceeded 140 for six consecutive years, reflecting the continued strong demand of the Chinese aviation market.

The plane, which is set to make its maiden flight in 2023, is expected to eventually compete with the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787. The plane manufacturers are anxious that the trade war may derail the programme.

In carefully worded comments, Boeing's senior vice-president of Northeast Asia sales, Rick Anderson, said China was a rapidly growing aviation market and that he believed Washington and Beijing understood that.

"We continue to engage with United States government officials and to urge for productive conversations", said John Bruns, chief executive of Boeing China. "We are optimistic for a quick resolution".

The 22-meter-long model of China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation's plane features the cockpit and cabin.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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