Delegates from Xian, China, sign memo with Wichita officials to develop aviation opportunities


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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita has announced plans to work with a city in China to develop aviation business opportunities.

Delegates from Xi'an (shee-ahn), China, visited with Wichita officials on Thursday to sign a memorandum of understanding that the two cities will develop economic and trade opportunities centered on aviation. They're expected to work on education, training, airport management and other aspects of the aviation business, The Wichita Eagle reported ( ).

The deal comes as the Chinese government considers opening the country to general aviation. Only commercial and military aircraft are now authorized to fly over the country.

"We're certainly looking forward to getting our businesses there and connecting our businesses with their businesses as we start moving forward," Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said. He said the relationship will benefit Wichita because the Chinese will think first about Wichita companies before companies in other parts of the world.

He Liang, director and researcher for Shaanxi Aviation Economic and Technological Development Zone, said through a translator that the Chinese hope to emulate the success of the general aviation industry in the U.S.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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