AIRBUS Industrie has expressed fears that improved Sino-US relations will lead to Beijing placing aircraft orders with United States manufacturers rather than Europeans. Airbus China president Rolf Rue said at a contract signing with two Chinese companies at Aviation Expo '95 yesterday there was a danger politics would overtake free enterprise. 'The whole industry suffered a shock wave when the [United States Government] announced the Saudi deal,' he said, referring to high-level administration involvement several years ago in talks about US$5 billion worth of orders for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas from Saudi Arabia. 'That was a level of government involvement in the aviation business that was never seen, and we're still feeling the tremors from that. Of course now, again, it's very worrying. 'It is difficult for us because we've spent years moving Airbus in the direction of becoming a completely independent, stand-alone company. 'It seems we're going in one direction and the Americans [in another].' Chinese President Jiang Zemin is due to meet US President Bill Clinton soon. There is speculation the meeting will conclude with a more than $2 billion order for Boeing to supply up to 15 wide-bodied aircraft to Air China. Mr Rue said the European consortium would continue sourcing parts of its production processes to China to increase its presence in the country. He also said it was hoped that future development programmes launched by the consortium would include Chinese partners holding equity stakes. The two contracts signed yesterday were for aircraft parts to be manufactured in China. The value of the contracts was not disclosed. Shenyang Aircraft Corp (SAC) won an additional contract from Airbus partner Daimler-Benz Aerospace Airbus to supply 300 emergency-exit doors for A319 and A320 aircraft. SAC, based in Liaoning province, signed its first contract with Airbus in 1986 for 300 doors, and more than 170 have been delivered so far. Guizhou Aviation Industrial Group secured its first contract to provide ground-support equipment, covering the supply of jigs and tools for maintenance on A320, A330 and A340 aircraft. Deliveries of the first jigs and tools produced by the Guiyang company are due to begin early next year.