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China Tried to Link 737 Max Approval to Support for Its Own Jets

  • Issue arose in 2017 when Boeing jetliner entered service
  • Actions may complicate grounded Max’s return to the skies
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Boeing's 737 Max Reputation Recovery

As Boeing Co.’s 737 Max was about to enter service in 2017 it became the subject of an unusual diplomatic exchange.

Chinese officials, eager to enter the global aircraft manufacturing market dominated by Boeing and Europe’s Airbus SE, raised the prospect with their U.S. counterparts of clearing Boeing’s aircraft for use in China in exchange for favorable treatment of jetliners it had under development.