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Murray Hosts Meeting with Chinese Delegation As China Signs Deal for 30 Boeing Planes

Oct 03 2001

Aircraft, trade, economic cooperation discussed

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) hosted a meeting between the Washington congressional delegation and Chinese officials from the State Development and Planning Commission (SDPC) this afternoon.

The Chinese delegation came to Washington, D.C. for today's signing ceremony to commemorate China's purchase of 30 Boeing aircraft. The SPDC is instrumental in any aircraft purchase by a Chinese airline.

The Chinese officials expressed their sympathies and support for the American people and pledged to cooperate in the international campaign against terrorism.

Murray was asked by the visiting Chinese delegation to arrange the meeting because of her long-standing appreciation and support for the important U.S.-Sino relationship.

"Washington State has a long and historic relationship with China and its people," said Murray. "Prior to any aircraft sale to China, the individual airlines must have the approval of the SPDC. The SPDC is the economic gatekeeper for aircraft and other large industrial purchases. I look forward to continuing to foster this important relationship with China's economic decision makers."

Since 1972, China has purchased 433 Boeing aircraft, with a value in excess of $20 billion.

"China has always been an important Boeing market. Aircraft sales to China means jobs in the Puget Sound, at Boeing and throughout the community," said Murray. "This latest sale stands out even more in the face of delays and cancellations of aircraft in the wake of the September 11th tragedy. The Chinese assured me that they would not forget their old friends, and I hope we hear more good news from China in the near future."