US aerospace giant Boeing said Wednesday that it will host China’s president, Xi Jinping, next week at its main airplane factory in Washington state.China’s fast-growing airplane market is one of Boeing’s best customers, taking delivery of some 25 percent of the company’s commercial aircraft production in the year so far, the company said.
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Xi will visit Boeing’s Everett factory on September 23 during his visit to the United States. Two days later Xi will be given a full state welcome by President Barack Obama at the White House. “We’re honored that President Xi will see our factory and meet the Boeing employees who worked to deliver a record 155 airplanes to China last year,” said Boeing chairman Jim McNerney in a statement.
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“China’s rapidly growing aviation market plays a crucial role in our current and future success.” The Chicago-based company projects that over the next 20 years, China will be its largest commercial airplane market with a projected need for 6,330 new airplanes, worth an estimated $950 billion. The Everett factory builds the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner. –AFP