Boeing groundings puts U.S.-China trade-linked jet order in limbo

China’s move to ground Boeing Co’s 737 MAX jetliners following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash has cast a shadow over the American planemaker’s immediate hopes for a major jet order linked to a U.S.-China trade deal, industry sources said.

“If the U.S. government interferes with the market, and not allow Boeing to smoothly sell planes, this will force China to buy Airbus’ planes.”

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