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Media Report
March 12 , 2019
  • The Washington Post reports, "When China became the first country on Monday to order all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes grounded in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, its aviation regulator sent an unmistakable signal: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is no longer the only authority in civil aviation worldwide. After China ordered a dozen carriers to ground their 96 planes — roughly a quarter of all 737 Max in operation globally — authorities in Ethi­o­pia, Singapore, Indonesia, Morocco and Mongolia quickly followed suit, as did carriers in Latin America and South Korea. Despite the FAA issuing a statement backing the Boeing jet's airworthiness, Britain, Germany, Australia, Malaysia and Oman became the latest countries to ground the model a day later, with authorities saying the aircraft would not be allowed to fly to or from their countries pending the investigation."
  • Reuters reports, "The White House said on Monday it was 'absurd' to suggest that President Donald Trump was an unreliable negotiator as China reportedly balks at a summit with President Xi Jinping over concerns Trump would walk away from a trade deal. Washington and Beijing are still in negotiations and no date has been set for a summit, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. The two leaders had been expected to meet at Trump's Mar-a-Lago property in Florida at the end of March to finalize a pact that would end a months-long trade war. But U.S. officials have said more work remains to be done. The White House is demanding that China make structural reforms, including how it treats U.S. intellectual property and forces U.S. companies to share their technology when doing business in China. Those sticking points have been difficult to overcome, despite progress on other issues, including currency."
  • The Washington Post reports, "Heavily guarded internment camps for Muslims which China calls vocational training centers will gradually disappear if there comes a time that 'society does not need' them, regional authorities said Tuesday. The camps in the far-west Xinjiang region have elicited an international outcry, with former inmates describing harsh conditions in which Muslim minorities are subject to political indoctrination and psychological torture. Human rights groups, researchers and the U.S. government estimate around 1 million people from the predominantly Muslim Uighur and Kazakh ethnic groups are held in a network of compounds spread throughout the vast region. At a news conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of China's ceremonial legislature, Xinjiang Gov. Shohrat Zakir declined to disclose the number of what he called 'trainees.' But he said the figure is 'far less' than 1 million and described extensive reports on conditions in the camps as 'pure fabrications.'"
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