Despite its abrupt withdrawal from the deal to purchase a major stake in China Eastern Airlines in conjunction with Cathay Pacific Airways last month, Air China still is considering a merger and will evaluate its options over the next three months, President Li Jiaxiang told reporters yesterday after attending the Communist Party of China's national congress in Beijing. Li explained that CA backed off the CEA deal with CX (ATWOnline, Sept. 25) because China Eastern's share value was too ...

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