The Trump administration is considering stopping China’s sale of an aircraft engine produced on General Electric’s part, two people familiar with the negotiations said, adding that part of a broader effort to limit the flow of technology, which is one of the economic and security frontiers to Beijing.
At a cabinet meeting on February 26, the Trump administration’s top officials said they would discuss whether to stop the sale. The meeting will involve other restrictions on China, including changing a rule that will further reduce Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei’s ability to access American technology.
Aviation license review It was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The Trump administration has Rising alert China’s economic and military ambitions, including its defense and commercial economy fusion techniques known as civil-military fusion
Chinese industrial plans like Made in China 2022 have enhanced dual-use technologies, such as aircraft, automation and information technology, to benefit both the Chinese economy and its military capabilities.
China’s efforts to develop aviation equivalent to international competitors such as Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier have long been diminished.
Instead, CFM, a joint venture between General Electric and Safran’s jet engine in France, has been supplying engines to China for years as part of the country’s efforts to build its jetliner industry.
License dated May 25 for a joint venture of shipping to Chinese engines in the United States. The most recent license was issued on March 27. The licenses are for engines used by the Chinese aircraft manufacturer Comac’s pilot-aircraft program. Each license is a model, known as LEAP1C, for a few engines.
The Commerce Department was reviewing the joint venture’s license, but the decision has now been handed over to members of the Cabinet to allow the technology to be sold in China.
The aircraft, which will use CFM engines, is expected to board the passenger service in 2021.
China, aviation experts say, has been able to produce mostly separate components for advanced jets. But the big challenge is integrating complex technologies into complex mechanical and digital systems for engines and avionics.
They say that this integration is more difficult to engineer or reverse and copy.
But officials in the Trump administration and elsewhere feared that China would eventually have engineer G.E.
There has been growing concern among officials of the National Security Council, the Department of Defense and the State Department about whether China should support the United States in its development of domestic aircraft.
Closing such a national license would result in huge financial losses for companies like GE
Officials also plan to discuss a policy meeting on February 21 to increase the scope of their restrictions on Huawei.
The administration last blacklisted the company last May that prevented products made in the United States from being shipped to the country. But Huawei’s suppliers are mostly global companies, and companies like Micron and Qualcomm are beginning to sell Chinese company products from their overseas operations.
The There will be pressure to change the rules on the shipment of products made overseas with American components, so that only foreign made products made up of less than 10 percent of the American portion can be shipped to the company, lower than 25 percent of certain types of restrictions previously.
Some Defense Department officials backed down against the changes, arguing that they could undermine a huge revenue source that could undermine American technological development that the tech industry could spend money on for its research and development. The US military buys most of the technology that goes from the private sector to military devices.
However, recently Secretary of Defense Mark T. Asper and Under Secretary for Policy John C. Spear received the support of several Commerce Department officials. Other Pentagon officials, including Rudd, said they would reject the objections.
On Friday, Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida introduced legislation that could accomplish the same thing.
“We know that Huawei is supported and controlled by the Communist government in Beijing, which is violating human rights and stealing our information, technology and intellectual property,” he said. “US companies should not be allowed to sell to Huawei, and my law would further limit their ability”
Maggie Haberman contributed to the report.