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Airbus Wins China Order for 300 Jets as Xi Visits France

Mar 26 , 2019

Airbus signed a deal worth tens of billions of dollars on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China, coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping and matching a China record held by U.S. rival Boeing.

French officials said the deal was worth some 30 billion euros at catalog prices. Planemakers usually grant significant discounts.

There was no evidence of any direct connection between the Airbus deal and Sino-U.S. tensions or Boeing fleet problems, but China watchers say Beijing has a history of sending diplomatic signals or playing off suppliers through state aircraft deals.

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