China airshow ‘will be held’ in November, organisers backtracked

BEIJING • China’s biennial airshow will be held as scheduled in November, organisers insisted late on Wednesday, backtracking on an earlier statement that said the Covid-19 had laid low the big-ticket aviation event.

The show, scheduled to take place in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai from Nov 10, is set to feature major companies such as Boeing.

“As of now, the 13th China Zhuhai Airshow will still be held as scheduled,” a media spokesman for the event said in an email to reporters, adding an earlier statement that it would be scrapped due the epidemic was “purely my own prediction”.

China remains closed to most international travellers due to tight restrictions to stop a resurgence of the coronavirus, which first surfaced in the central city of Wuhan before spreading across the globe.

The event takes place every two years and is China’s main aerospace industry exhibition, with products, trade talks and flying displays.

It has been a platform for Beijing to show off military equipment and technology such as stealth drones, as well as to unveil a replica of China’s first permanently crewed space station. — AFP