Who Will Fly With Beijing?

In the smog-choked industrial city of Xian in northwestern China, executives from Western aerospace companies such as Boeing, General Electric, Rolls-Royce, and United Tech- nology's Pratt & Whitney unit have grown into a cozy community. Holed up mostly in the same hotel, they spend much of their off hours hanging out with each other and talking shop. They even see each other regularly at work, since all are dealing with the two state-owned factories in Xian that make airframes and engines.

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