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China eyes Ukraine as good place for military technology imports

'Racing to upgrade its military, China has been turning to Ukraine. And Ukraine — with its economy scrambled by hostilities with Russia — has been willing to accept China’s embrace', - The Washington Post
17:43, 21 May 2019

Motor Sich engine, workers
The Washington Post

Chinese investors and Ukraine's leading aerospace engines enterprise Motor Sich are up to something that foresees bringing China's military technologies and, perhaps, their possible implementation to Ukraine.

'Motor Sich, dubbed the “Czar of Engines” in the Chinese media, has what Beijing wants: It can supply warplane engines and the know-how to one day possibly make a Chinese-built version. The Chinese, in turn, have what Motor Sich wants: reliable buyers. The company lost its biggest market — supplying engines for military helicopters and other aircraft in Russia — after war broke out in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Now it sells mainly to China', The Washington Post wrote.

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Given the ongoing crisis in Ukraine-Russia economic ties, the Ukrainian company has been seeking to diversify foreign partners. It looks like China might be a good option. 

“What we care about right now is the following: Is America ready to buy our goods? No. Period,” said Gennadiy Chyzhykov, president of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “China does buy our goods.” China is on pace to surpass Russia by next year as Ukraine’s biggest single-country trading partner. In 2018, Ukraine traded $9.8 billion in goods with China — a 51 percent increase over two years and more than double the $4 billion in trade with the United States', reads the article. 

Related: Searches at Motor Sich tied to investigation of preparation for sabotage, - SBU

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