CHINA - New Plane to Compete with Airbus and Boeing

Arno Froese

Beijing looks to raise its profile in the global aviation market and boost high-tech manufacturing at home.

Under overcast skies, the white, green and blue aircraft, with “C919” emblazoned on its tail, touched down at Shanghai’s international airport after an 80-minute flight to cheers from thousands of dignitaries, aviation workers and enthusiasts.

The jet is a symbol of China’s ambitions to muscle into a global jet market estimated to be worth $2 trillion over the next two decades, as well as of Beijing’s broader “Made in China 2025” plan to spur home-made products, from medicines to robots.

“Seeing the C919 take off into the sky made me quite emotional. This is a moment we have waited to see for a very long time,” Wang Mingfeng, 42, who witnessed the maiden flight at the Shanghai airport, told Reuters.

“I believe that in the not too distant future, we will be neck-and-neck with Boeing and Airbus.”

China is pushing for recognition globally of its certification by European and U.S. regulators as without their certification, it would only be able to sell the jet to a handful of countries that accept its certification standards.

But Beijing is already looking beyond the C919, with plans to develop a wide-body long-haul jet with Russia. In November COMAC and its partner United Aircraft Corp said they have started the hunt to find suppliers.

-www.reuters.com, 5 May 2017

Arno's commentary

Communist China continues to surprise the world with one achievement after another, causing the world media to take notice. Will China be a successful competitor to Airbus and Boeing? This writer thinks so. Politically, China is at the forefront promoting free trade through established channels and systems in the spirit of globalism. Although presently “Made in China” is not exactly a desired brand, but—as was the case with Japan—they learn quickly. Those of us who remember the 1950s and 60s, are familiar with the comical quips by entertainers regarding “Made in Japan.” Today, it guarantees top quality.

How does it relate to Bible prophecy? The answer is rather simple: global progress, global prosperity, global security, and finally, global government. It is not a matter of whether we like it or not; it’s a fact written in Holy Scripture, and so it shall be.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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