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China Buys 150 Airbus Planes

China says it will buy 150 passenger jets from Airbus in a deal worth almost $10 billion.

It is the largest single order Airbus has ever gotten from China.

The agreement was signed Monday in Paris as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his French counterpart, Dominique de Villepin, looked on.

On Sunday, Mr. Wen toured an Airbus manufacturing plant and signed an agreement that may lead to opening an aircraft assembly plant in China.

The planes in the French deal are part of the A-320 family that can carry between 110 and 185 passengers.

China bought 70 jets from the U.S. manufacturer Boeing during President Bush's trip to Beijing last month.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.