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US mulls halting GE engine deliveries to China's new aircraft

US mulls halting GE engine deliveries to China's new aircraft

Mubasher: The US government is mulling a proposal to stop exporting jet engines co-manufactured by General Electric Co to China as trade war between the world’s two largest economies continues to escalate, Reuters reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The proposed halt of engine deliveries might be accompanied by restrictions on other components for Chinese commercial planes, including flight control systems manufactured by Honeywell International.

US officials will meet on Thursday to discuss the potential limits and another meeting with members of cabinet will also discuss the matter on 28 February, sources added. 

According to the sources, the US government is considering whether to reject a request to provide China’s first large commercial aircraft, the COMAC C919, with a licence for the LEAP-1C engine manufactured by CFM International, a joint venture between GE Aviation, a division of General Electric, and France’s Safran Aircraft Engines.