China’s plans to roll out the home-grown C919 passenger jet next year could be severely disrupted if the Trump administration restricts US companies from doing business with the state-owned conglomerate developing the plane due to its alleged links with the Chinese military.
The Trump administration is expected to soon announce export controls on a list of 89 Chinese companies with military ties, including the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), Reuters reported.
Two separate sources who have seen the draft list confirmed the report’s accuracy to the South China Morning Post, adding that additional Chinese entities may be added to the list before it is officially released. The list has yet to be officially confirmed.
US suppliers would be required to seek special licenses to sell commercially available items to companies on the list. In Comac’s case, the C919 depends on a series of components made by American companies, including flight controls and jet engines.