China hits back on tariffs, and Boeing weighs in

Air China 737
The first 737 MAX 8 jet delivered to Air China takes off from Boeing’s Seattle Delivery Center. (Boeing Photo / Craig Larsen)

China took less than 24 hours to respond to proposed U.S. tariffs with a 106-item list of its own that could affect $50 billion worth of U.S. imports, potentially including some of Boeing’s 737 airplanes.

The impact on Boeing isn’t yet clear, and the tit-for-tat trade sanctions on aerospace goods have not yet been implemented. Hours after China announced its move, Boeing issued a statement voicing hope that Washington and Beijing will be able to avoid a trade war.

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By Alan Boyle

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