Heathrow Airport briefly stops departures
London police said that they received a report of a drone sighting around 5 p.m. local
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.”