Japanese aircraft makers have asked the government to help fund their work in developing and building Boeing Co's new 7E7 jet, an industry organization said yesterday. \nFuji Heavy Industries, Kawa-saki Heavy Industries, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries were picked by Boeing in June to help design and build the jet along with US and Italian manufacturers. \nYoshio Ibaragi, spokesman for industrial group Japan Aircraft Development Corp, said his association and company officials have requested funding for the three Japanese manufacturers. \nHe did not say how much money they were seeking. \nAlthough the government has not made a decision yet, it would give money if the project contributes to Japan's aviation technology, said a trade ministry official in charge of aviation on condition of anonymity. \nHe added officials were still discussing the feasibility of 7E7. \nNicknamed the "Dreamliner," the 7E7 is expected to begin operating in 2008. A midsize jet, it will seat 200 to 250 passengers, and will be designed with greater fuel-efficiency to allow more nonstop flights. \nFuji Heavy spokesman Shinichi Murata said the government gave Japanese companies financial assistance when they helped developed Boeing's 777 and 767 jets. \nHe said Fuji Heavy engineers have already joined their American counterparts in Seattle to work on the project. \nChicago-based Boeing, the world's largest manufacturer of airliners, reported last month a loss of US$192 million for the second quarter. The company has cut 35,000 jobs since the Sept. 11 attacks and last month announced plans to slash 5,000 more. \nBut the company has said it stands by its forecast to deliver between 275 and 300 commercial jets next year -- the lowest levels for Boeing since 1996, when it delivered 271 jets. \nBoeing said it received orders for five 737s, bringing its total orders for the year to 151.
CAUTION: Taiwanese should be alert, even if they have just liked or shared posts that would breach Beijing’s national security legislation for Hong Kong, the council said Due to the newly implemented Hong Kong national security legislation, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has drawn up a list of what it described as “high-risk groups,” cautioning them not to travel to Hong Kong. People who support independence for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang; those who are critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Hong Kong government and the “one country, two systems” concept; and those who donated to or voiced support for the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill movement are urged to refrain from visiting Hong Kong, the council said on its Web site. It released two posts on
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MORAL COURAGE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the global community to face China’s intention to subdue Taiwan and reject such irrational requests The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday strongly condemned the Chinese government for meddling with US officials’ interactions with Taiwan after FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed China’s efforts to discourage US officials from visiting Taiwan. The greatest long-term threat to the US’ information security and intellectual property, as well as its economic vitality, is China’s counterintelligence and economic espionage operations, Wray told a video event at the Hudson Institute in Washington. Beijing is engaged in a highly sophisticated and maligning foreign influence campaign, with methods that include bribery, blackmail and covert deals, he said. Giving an example, Wray said that when a US official