Heathrow Air­port briefly stops de­par­tures

Lon­don po­lice said that they re­ceived a re­port of a drone sight­ing around 5 p.m. lo­cal

StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA & WORLD - Karla Adam THE WASH­ING­TON POST Joe Mcdon­ald

Pas­sen­gers col­lect their lug­gage at Ter­mi­nal 5 at Lon­don Heathrow Air­port in west Lon­don on Dec. 19. Heathrow of­fi­cials say flight de­par­tures were sus­pended Tuesday as a pre­cau­tion af­ter a re­ported drone sight­ing. LON­DON — Flights de­part­ing from Bri­tain’s busiest air­port were briefly sus­pended on Tuesday evening fol­low­ing a re­port of a drone sight­ing.

Heathrow Air­port tweeted that it had stopped out­go­ing flights “as a pre­cau­tion­ary BEI­JING—TALKS be­tween the U.S. and China on end­ing their tar­iff war were end­ing their sec­ond day Tuesday with­out word on whether they’ve made any progress, as an of­fi­cial news­pa­per warned not to push Bei­jing too hard.

China is strong and has its own needs, said the Global Times, pub­lished by the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party. Wash­ing­ton “can­not push China too far” and must avoid a sit­u­a­tion that “spins out of con­trol.”

Ne­go­tia­tors be­gan the talks Mon­day on the trade war launched by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in July with tar­iff hikes on Chi­nese mea­sure” and was “work­ing closely with the Met Po­lice to pre­vent any threat to oper­a­tional safety.”

Lon­don’s Metropoli­tan Po­lice said that they re­ceived a re­port of a drone sight­ing near Heathrow just af­ter 5 p.m lo­cal time.

By 7 p.m., Heathrow tweeted that de­par­tures had re­sumed.

On Tuesday, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment an­nounced that po­lice would be given new

goods in re­sponse to com­plaints that Bei­jing steals or pres­sures com­pa­nies to hand over tech­nol­ogy.

Trump and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping agreed Dec. 1 to post­pone more tar­iff hikes on each other’s goods for 90 days while they ne­go­ti­ate. But nei­ther side ap­pears to have budged, and economists say three months is too lit­tle time to re­solve is­sues that have dis­rupted U.s.-chi­nese re­la­tions for years.

Wash­ing­ton is press­ing Bei­jing for changes in­clud­ing rolling back plans for gov­ern­ment-led cre­ation of Chi­nese global cham­pi­ons in robotics and other fields. Europe, Ja­pan and other trad­ing part­ners echo Wash­ing­ton’s com­plaints that those vi­o­late Bei­jing’s mar­ket-open­ing obli­ga­tions.

Chi­nese of­fi­cials have suggested Bei­jing might al­ter its in­dus­trial plans but they have re­jected pres­sure to aban­don their blue­print for global in­flu­ence. They have tried to defuse pow­ers to land and search drones. The gov­ern­ment will also ex­tend drone ex­clu­sion zones around air­ports.

Those mea­sures came in re­sponse to ear­lier drone sight­ings that shut down Gatwick air­port be­fore Christ­mas, caus­ing dis­rup­tion for more than 120,000 pas­sen­gers.

Po­lice haven’t charged any­one in re­la­tion to that in­ci­dent. A cou­ple were ar­rested, but they weren’t charged.

Trans­port sec­re­tary Chris China’s Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, left, and U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump agreed in De­cem­ber to post­pone more tar­iff hikes for 90 days while they ne­go­ti­ate.

pres­sure for more sweep­ing change by of­fer­ing con­ces­sions in­clud­ing pur­chas­ing more Amer­i­can soy­beans, nat­u­ral gas and other ex­ports.

“China would need to sig­nif­i­cantly re­cal­i­brate its in­dus­trial poli­cies to fully meet the U.S. trade team’s de­mands,” Grayling told par­lia­ment that the Gatwick dis­rup­tion was “de­lib­er­ate, ir­re­spon­si­ble and cal­cu­lated, as well as il­le­gal.”

A drone can se­ri­ously dam­age to an air­craft. When a drone hit a pas­sen­ger plane over Que­bec City last year, the plane landed safely, but of­fi­cials said a dif­fer­ent point of im­pact could have been dev­as­tat­ing.

Chi­nese news­pa­per warns United States not to push too hard on trade de­mands

Nick Marro of the Econ­o­mist In­tel­li­gence Unit said in a re­port. “The lim­ited pol­icy move­ment that we’ve seen so far sug­gests that a game-chang­ing deal re­mains un­likely.”



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