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From the Motor City to the Forbidden City.(Northwest begins direct flight from Detroit, Michigan, to Beijing, China)

BEIJING--In a span of three weeks, Northwest Airlines' position in China was strengthened by three interconnected events:

* Signing an MOU to develop an alliance with Air China giving each code-sharing access to the other's domestic networks and international nights (ATW, 6/96).

* Starting the first nonstop service from the U.S. to Beijing.

* Reaching an agreement launching a $1.6 billion expansion of Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The new Chinese service connecting Detroit--birthplace of the U.S. auto industry--and Beijing, and the link with Air China were made possible by the recently concluded U.S./China bilateral that also gives additional U.S. rights to China Southern. …

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