China May Go to the Moon Before Building an Airliner

James Fallows explains why the country is unlikely to create the next Boeing or Airbus anytime soon.

Space travel is no small feat. But as James Fallows argues in his new book, China Airborne, it's a government effort not unlike the building of a massive dam. Running a large fleet of airliners that could compete with Boeing or Airbus would take a whole other kind of coordination, one that may currently be out of China's reach. Here, Fallows defends this comparison to Eurasia Group analyst Damien Ma. 


Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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