A rather small Corsican once forecast that China would “shake the world”. But Napoleon might better have predicted that China would “make” the world, given its huge manufacturing capacity. And there was another symbolic milestone this week when the first China-made Airbus A320 was presented to the press. The aircraft was assembled at a plant in Tianjin under a joint venture agreement between Airbus and a Chinese aviation consortium. It will join the Sichuan Airlines fleet, as the first of ten A320s to be completed this year. Airbus – which sold its first plane in China in 1985 – hopes the factory will help it gain a 50% market share in China (it managed 39% in 2008).
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