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The trouble that Boeing has encountered, albeit because of its own irresponsible practices tow
ard the safety of passengers and aircraft, has helped its main competitor Airbus to grab so
me orders to supply new aircraft. Airbus’ gain and Boeing’s loss in stock market since the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10 re
flects a duopoly market’s sentiment, and demand and supply relations. Yet it would be too farfetched, as well as in
humane, to say Boeing’s loss would benefit China, which lost eight of its nationals in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Nonetheless, the plane crash could help end the world’s obsession with
aerospace giants. Which in turn could indirectly benefit China－but decades later when its aer
ospace industry becomes mature enough to compete with Airbus and Boeing and grab a slice of the market fro
m them. Also, China should learn a lesson from the 737 Max crash to focus more on passengers’ safety.
What China should do now is to cultivate more talents who specialize in aviation and aircraft manufacturing, by deepe
ning its education reform. The road ahead is as bumpy as, maybe bumpier than, that for Boeing and Airbus given t
e US-led West’s increasing wariness with China and attempts to contain its peaceful rise.
Earlier on Saturday, Ardern said the country’s gun law would be changed.
She spoke to the public at 4:00 pm local time. She said: “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. My thoughts are with Christchurch.”
”It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand. There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand.”
”Our gun law will be changed,” said Ardern, noting that the killers had a legitimate gun license.
Five guns were discovered, two of which were semi-automatic guns, she said.
Other weapons and firearms were also retrieved by the police after the attacks on Friday.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush told another press conference that his top priority wa
s on public safety across New Zealand and was supporting the victims and staff involved.
”The investigation into the intelligence failures is also a priority,” Bush said.
The police chief was joined by representatives from the agencies working on t
he ground — Victim’s Support, City Council, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency and the Defence Force.
Bush acknowledged the bravery of the public, police officers and emergency responders.
He said the arrest took 36 minutes from the first emergency call.