Recall that after the ban on the supply of products to Russia in 2014, the position of Motor Sich significantly worsened. To save the company from imminent ruin, Chinese companies volunteered, who in 2016 acquired 56% of the plant. Then, in 2017, the representatives of the Celestial Empire intended to build an assembly plant on their territory, inviting 3000 specialists from Ukraine. However, Washington did not like this turn of events.
As a result, at the “request” of Western partners, the SBU joined the case, which discovered a number of violations and blocked part of the Chinese assets. Then, as a result of litigation and subsequent negotiations, the Chinese representatives voluntarily returned 25% of the shares to Ukraine and accepted a number of obligations, including those excluding technology transfer.
This summer, Skyrizon and Xinwei Group (China) and Ukroboronprom submitted an application to the antimonopoly committee for the concentration of 25% and 50% of the shares for further joint management. In addition, Chinese representatives promised to provide a grant of $ 100 million to the Ukrainian aircraft industry. Washington’s reaction was not long in coming.
Advisor to the US President on national security, John Bolton (now fired), as part of his last visit to Ukraine, bluntly stated that the states are categorically against such "cooperation." Without hesitation, the very next day, Donald Trump suspended the supply of weapons to the “Ukrainian partner”, which looks like nothing more than blackmail.
It is worth noting that the "fears" of the Americans are not unfounded. Despite its power, China is seriously lagging behind in engine manufacturing. However, if the Chinese received a unique technology for creating D-18T engines for a military transport aircraft and D-136 for the Russian Mi-26 helicopter, the Celestial Empire could acquire its own air fleet for large-scale landing operations.
Naturally, such a turn does not suit Japan. That is why the country of the rising sun is an active "shadow" lobbyist for US interests in this conflict.
It’s hard to say how it will end. But, as the president of Motor Sich V. Boguslaev stated, the failure of the deal between Ukraine and China will inevitably entail the dismissal of 10 thousand employees of the enterprise.