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China postpones talks with Airbus: spokesman

Airbus A320.
by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP) Nov 27, 2008
China has postponed talks on finalising a deal with Airbus for 150 passenger planes after Prime Minister Wen Jiaboa scrapped his visit to France, a spokesman for the European aircraft maker said Thursday.

But the spokesman said there were no indications that Beijing would back out of the contract for the 110 A320 medium-haul planes and the bigger 40 A330s carriers.

China, angry over President Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to meet the Dalai Lama next month, has announced it was cancelling an EU-China summit scheduled for Monday.

Sarkozy, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, was to play host to Wen and a delegation of Chinese business leaders.

"Talks on the final details of the contract, that is the breakdown of the aircraft to the various Chinese airline companies, have been postponed," said an Airbus spokesman.

"There is no sign" that China intends to back down from the deal, he added. "Relations between Airbus an the Chinese aeronautic industry are excellent."

Airbus in September opened a new plant in the Chinese port of Tianjin, the the firm's first outside of Europe.

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Two China airlines to get govt aid: state media
Beijing (AFP) Nov 17, 2008
The parent companies of China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are expected to each get three billion yuan (440 million dollars) to tide them over hard times, state media reported Monday.

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