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Oct 30, 2015

U.S., Chinese navies agree to maintain dialogue to avoid clashes

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. and Chinese navies held high-level talks on Thursday after a U.S. warship challenged China’s territorial assertions in the South China Sea, and a U.S. official said they agreed to maintain dialogue and follow protocols to avoid clashes.

After the talks between U.S. chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson and his Chinese counterpart, Admiral Wu Shengli, scheduled port visits by U.S. and Chinese ships and planned visits to China by senior U.S. Navy officers remained on track, the official said.

Oct 29, 2015

U.S., Chinese navy chiefs to discuss South China Sea on Thursday

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Chinese and U.S. navies are set to hold high-level talks over tensions in the South China Sea after a U.S. warship challenged Beijing’s territorial assertiveness in the disputed waterway this week.

The U.S. chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson and his Chinese counterpart Admiral Wu Shengli would hold an hourlong video teleconference on Thursday, a U.S. official said.

Oct 28, 2015

Insight – As Obama weighed patrol to counter China, Pentagon urged faster action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. naval challenge to China’s territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea this week came after months of frustration within the Pentagon at what some defence officials saw as unnecessary delays by the White House and State Department in approving the mission.

As early as mid-May, the Pentagon was considering sending military aircraft and ships to assert the principle of freedom of navigation around China’s artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago after Defense Secretary Ash Carter requested options to respond to their rapid construction.

Oct 28, 2015

As Obama weighed patrol to counter China, Pentagon urged faster action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. naval challenge to China’s territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea this week came after months of frustration within the Pentagon at what some defense officials saw as unnecessary delays by the White House and State Department in approving the mission.

As early as mid-May, the Pentagon was considering sending military aircraft and ships to assert the principle of freedom of navigation around China’s artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago after Defense Secretary Ash Carter requested options to respond to their rapid construction.

Oct 28, 2015

Bombardier to book writedowns, get cash from Quebec-sources

WASHINGTON/MONTREAL, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Canada’s Bombardier
is set to book a writedown on its CSeries program and
announce that the government of Quebec will be investing in the
narrowbody jet program, according to several sources familiar
with the matter.

The embattled Montreal-based company will also permanently
mothball its Learjet 85 program, the sources said.

Oct 28, 2015

Exclusive: Bombardier to book major writedowns, outline cash infusion from Quebec – sources

WASHINGTON/MONTREAL (Reuters) – Canada’s Bombardier (BBDb.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is set to book a writedown on its CSeries program and announce that the government of Quebec will be investing in the narrowbody jet program, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

The embattled Montreal-based company will also permanently mothball its Learjet 85 program, the sources said.

Oct 28, 2015

Bombardier to book major writedowns, outline cash infusion from Quebec-sources

WASHINGTON/MONTREAL, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Canada’s Bombardier
is set to book a writedown on its CSeries program and
announce that the government of Quebec will be investing in the
narrowbody jet program, according to several sources familiar
with the matter.

The embattled Montreal-based company will also permanently
mothball its Learjet 85 program, the sources said.

Oct 28, 2015

U.S. picks Northrop Grumman to build next long-range bomber

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), maker of the stealthy B-2 bomber, beat out a team made up of Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to develop and build a next-generation long-range strike bomber, the U.S. Defense Department said on Tuesday.

The announcement ended months of anticipation and marked the biggest contract award by the Pentagon in over a decade, a deal analysts have said could be valued at up to $80 billion if the U.S. Air Force buys all 100 stealth bombers now planned.

Oct 27, 2015

Angry China shadows U.S. warship near man-made islands

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A U.S. guided-missile
destroyer sailed close to one of China’s man-made islands in the
South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from
Beijing, which said it had tracked and warned the ship and
called in the U.S. ambassador to protest.

The USS Lassen’s patrol was the most significant U.S.
challenge yet to the 12-nautical-mile territorial limits China
claims around artificial islands it has built up in the Spratly
archipelago as Beijing exercises its growing maritime power.

Oct 27, 2015

U.S. to announce winner of U.S. bomber deal on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter and top U.S. Air Force officials will announce the long-awaited result of a multibillion-dollar competition for a new long-range strike bomber on Tuesday, the Pentagon said.

Carter will join Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh to unveil which company or team of companies will develop and build 100 of the new aircraft, a contract that could be worth around $50 billion.