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Against the backdrop of the escalating on-again, off-again trade war with the U.S., China and Russia have moved away from a key requirement for western aerospace companies to establish joint ventures with local industry as it picks suppliers for its new long-range CR929 jetliner.

The requirement, which extends beyond aerospace, has long been considered by some western firms and their governments to be a form of forced technology transfer and a key sticking point for the Trump Administration, which alleges China is extracting U.S. intellectual property in exchange for access to its civil aerospace programs.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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