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Boeing airliner deliveries tumble amid problems with 737 Max
With the 737 Max jet still grounded after two deadly crashes, deliveries of new Boeing jets are falling far behind last year’s pace.
Boeing said it delivered 30 commercial airliners during May.
That’s down 56% from the 68 it made in May 2018.
Deliveries of 737s plummeted from 47 a year ago to just eight last month.
All eight were an older 737 model.
The Chicago-based company has 4,550 unfilled orders for the Max.
But it stopped deliveries after regulators around the world grounded the plane following crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people. (AP)
Mainland voices no tolerance of 'Taiwan independence'
A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday expressed that any attempt to separate Taiwan from China will not be tolerated.
The remarks came after Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe reiterated China's firm position on Taiwan during a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, warning against any forces' attempt to separate the island from the country.
China must be and will be reunified and it is also the inevitable requirement of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era, said An Fengshan, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, at a press conference.
Calling Taiwan compatriots as flesh-blood brothers with a shared future, the spokesperson said we are willing to strive for peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and greatest efforts. (CGTN)
China's CPI up 2.7 pct in May
China's consumer price index rose 2.7 percent year on year in May.
Food prices climbed 7.7 percent last month, up from 6.1 percent in April.
The urban CPI rose 2.7 percent, and rose 2.8 percent in rural areas. (Xinhua)
EU warns UK must pay bill even in 'no deal' Brexit
The European Commission warned on Wednesday that Britain will have to pay its outstanding share of the existing EU budget even if it leaves the union without a withdrawal agreement.
In a statement on preparations for Britain's departure, Brussels said it would not enter talks on future trade until London honours "the financial obligations the UK has made as a member state".
Under the Brexit withdrawal agreement agreed last year between outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May and her fellow EU leaders, Britain would owe the union approximately £39 billion (around 44 billion euros).
This sum would cover budget commitments up through a transition period at the end of next year, but the British parliament has refused to ratify the treaty and Brexit has been delayed until October 31. (AFP)
Trump inadvertently reveals more of US-Mexico migrant deal
US President Donald Trump said Mexico agreed to take stronger legal action to halt Central American migrants if its initial efforts to stem the flow don't show results in 45 days.
Mexico deployed 6,000 National Guardsmen to reinforce its southern border and expanded its policy of taking back asylum-seekers as the US processes their claims.
Washington said last week it wanted Mexico to agree to a "safe third country" policy, in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than the US. (AFP)
Chinese visitor arrivals in New Zealand decline
Visitor arrivals from China declined more than 20 percent year-on-year, Statistics New Zealand (Stats NZ) announced on Wednesday.
The April data from Stats NZ showed that Chinese visitors' number went down 9,900, or 21 percent, from the same month last year, reaching 36,600 in April 2019, despite the Easter holiday boosting arrivals from other countries.
Although some incentive scheme helped increase Chinese visitor numbers, it is still lower than 2017, said Stats NZ population indicators manager.
Visitor arrivals from China decreased 20,400 for the year ended in April 2019. However, visitors from China still remain at high levels and China is still the second largest visitor market for New Zealand after Australia. (Xinhua)
China's producer prices up 0.6 pct in May
And China's producer price index rose 0.6 percent year on year in May.
The pace was slower than the 0.9-percent increase recorded in April.
Factory prices of production materials grew 0.6 percent in May, down from the 0.9-percent increase a month earlier.
Consumer goods prices rose 0.9 percent, the same as in April. (Xinhua)
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