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China's homegrown jet hits turbulence from US trade war

State-run COMAC relies on American engine and aerospace tech

COMAC's C919 regional jet under development seats about 160 passengers, making it a potential alternative to the Airbus A320 or the Boeing 737. (Photo courtesy of COMAC)

GUANGZHOU -- On the reddish plains of Turpan in northwestern China, COMAC has conducted test flights of its C919 passenger jet since late June.

Temperatures in the city can exceed 40 C in the height of summer, and the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China seeks to ensure that the aircraft  withstands the blistering heat.

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