During his official visit to Germany Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on to help the Chinese-built C919 passenger plane get an airworthiness certificate.
In the face of global uncertainties, anti-globalization sentiment and rising protectionism, China and Germany should continue to promote trade liberalization and investment and safeguard World Trade Organization regulations, Li said Wednesday during talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
Chinese experts say it would be mutually beneficial for China and Europe.
“China is not asking Germany or the EU to lower the test standards of European Aviation Safety Agency certification, but to put the C919 through a test. According to Wang Yanan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge Magazine there’s a good chance EU would give the C919 a chance, especially with warm Sino-EU relations.
“EASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration recognize each other’s certification: the C919’s ticket to the global market. But an ‘admission card’ doesn’t mean the C919 would immediately be certified. The Boeing-Airbus monopoly would make getting a certification difficult.”
Wang also noted that the C919’s entry in the global market would also benefit many European suppliers, and since China continues to buy Airbus planes, the EU should not lose the chance to deepen aviation cooperation with China.
The Chinese Premier’s visit has likewise deepened ties between China and Airbus. The two signed a Memorandum of Understanding on aviation and aerospace, further enhancing a spirit of cooperation, according to a statement sent from Airbus to the Global Times.
Noting that the two countries enjoy complementary economic advantages and interwoven interests, China will work to better link the “Made In China 2025” blueprint and Germany’s “Industry 4.0” strategy, and promote two-way opening up with equality in mind to enhance the scope of bilateral cooperation.
Merkel said that Germany is China’s reliable partner, and the bilateral relations enjoy a strong momentum and sound cooperation. It is important that they maintain close high-level dialogue in light of the current global situation.
“Data shows that China surpassed the US as Germany’s biggest trade partner in 2016, and Germany is also China’s top European trade partner. The relationship has countered anti-globalization sentiment in the past year,” said Wang Yiwei, senior research fellow at the Renmin University of China’s Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies.
Source: Xinhua News Agency