President Barack Obama during his visit to China pledged to push for closer technical collaboration and eventual US safety approval for China’s ARJ21 commuter jet..
That amounts to both a symbolic and practical step to counter Beijing’s growing frustration with US aviation policy and US restrictions on the purchase of certain technologies.
FAA certification is critical if Beijing hopes to attract foreign buyers, and some US officials predict it could take as long as two years. Currently undergoing flight tests, the plane has taken about twice as long to develop as its backers initially projected.
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