French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan leave the Arc de Triomphe monument after a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Paris on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Blow to Boeing: China to buy hundreds of Airbus jets, in mammoth US$35 billion deal sealed on Xi Jinping’s France visit

  • China will buy 290 A320 planes and 10 of the larger A350s in the long-awaited contract
  • The A320 is the chief rival to Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX
Topic |   Airbus

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French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan leave the Arc de Triomphe monument after a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Paris on Monday. Photo: Reuters
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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to France on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Growing European doubts over China loom large over President Xi Jinping’s visit to France

  • French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that the ‘time of European naivety’ over Beijing is at end
  • China’s success in getting Italy to join its Belt and Road Initiative has fuelled calls for the EU to take a firmer stance
Topic |   China-EU relations

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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to France on Sunday. Photo: AFP
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