Air Transport World

Beijing joins the crowd.(EDITORIAL)

Winston Churchill famously described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." It is a formulation that is equally applicable to the Chinese government and particularly to the fluid relationship between the government and the industries and enterprises it both owns and regulates.

Over the past few months, the aviation community got perhaps its deepest and most detailed glimpse into that world and how it is evolving as Air China and its parent China National Aviation Holding Co. used a Western-style media campaign to successfully block Singapore Airlines from taking a stake in China Eastern Airlines, at least for the present. But it is not possible to say whether this marks a new direction in aviation policy. …

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