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Air Services (Sino-British Agreement)

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a further statement concerning the delay in implementing the Sino-British air services agreement signed in November 1979.

A date for the commencement of services between the United Kingdom and China has not yet been agreed. Her Majesty's Government are in touch with the Chinese authorities and I hope that British Airways will soon be in a position to make an announcement about the opening of its service.Cathay Pacific Airways and CAAC, the Chinese Airline, are planning to commence scheduled services between Hong Kong and Shanghai on 21 June.