French president says China will buy 184 Airbus jets

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The order is known one day after Airbus signed a framework agreement with its Chinese partners to increase the amount of jets A320 manufactured in the assembly plant of Tianjin, in the Asian giant's north.

On paper, it could therefore be an excellent fit for Chinese carriers.

European Union hopes its negotiations on an investment pact with China will reach a "decisive stage" this year, the European Union ambassador to the world's second largest economy said separately on Wednesday, calling on Beijing to honor its pledge to open its economy to the world.

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As a result, Airbus is now reported to be in active sales negotiations with Chinese airlines.

However, there was speculation from some quarters that China failed to match the deals announced during Donald Trump's state visit due to annoyance about Airbus' proposed takeover of the CSeries programme, which China purportedly had its eye on.

During his visit, Macron said that a new order from China for 184 A320 aircraft would be finalised soon, while China stated again that it would seek to retain parity between its orders of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

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Both sides agreed to further enhance their industrial partnership in Tianjin and strengthen cooperation with regards to technical innovation, engineering capabilities and supply chain expansion. He was previously chairman of the company's final assembly line for the A320, before becoming party secretary for the Tianjin Youth League. Deliveries to Chinese customers and to operators throughout the Asia-Pacific region included the first A320neo in the second half of 2017.

The Airbus planes are manufactured by France, with production and manufacturing facilities in Germany, Spain, China, the United Kingdom and the U.S. "Together with our Chinese partners we are proud to lift our cooperation to new heights", said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President of Commercial Aircraft.

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