plane. several theories emerged about the likely cause. major airlines including lufetansia and air france said their planes would be avoiding eastern ukrainian air space. correspondent richard west cot -- wescott had this analysis. >> right now it's claimed this is the weapon most likely to have brought the aircraft down. russian-made buk and one of the missiles in the region capable of reaching that height, more than 30,000 feet. but even after that height, experts say a well-trained operator would easily recognize a civilian airliner. so did the missile system fall into the wrong hands? >> the russian military i can't believe would have done this. the question therefore is has the russian military given the kids to the babies, given it to the goons who have enough technology to switch it on but no one -- no understanding of what they're doing? >> why was the aircraft flying over a conflict zone? the malaysian flight was flying on a well-traveled route. think of it as remote way for airliners between europe and asia. a few days ago ukrainian authorities restricted flights in the s
her leaders from many key german companies, including deutsche bank, deutsche post, lufetansia, airbus, he volkswagen and a few others. she was touring a volkswagen plant with the chairman martin wintercorn. she will be given full military honors welcome in beijing this morning, which i believe will be brought to us live. she will meet tonight with the president, xi jinping, for dinner. he, of course, was just in germany in march. interestingly, recent surveys have indicated -- the surveys from the likes of the european chamber of commerce indicated german companies are perhaps a little more optimistic about investment in china right now than some of germany's other e.u. counterparts. percentage of e.u. businesses that plan to expand in china this year dropped a bit. little more pessimism. down to 57% from 86% last year in this e.u. chamber survey. but tight regulatory market, slowing economy, tighter credit. that is squeezing conditions for european companies here, especially when it comes to delays perhaps in payment to german exporters. the back bone, of course, the german economy.
, lufetansia, airbus, volkswagen, among many oceans. yesterday she toured a volkswagen plant with the chairman martin wintercorn. she's being given full military honor welcome in beijing and said to meet president xi jinping later tonight for dinner. who, of course, was just in germany in march. >> business is one thing, isn't it, steve? there are a lot of other issues, human rights issues, et cetera, et cetera. what about the more sensitive ones, do they get swept under the carpet or will they be dealt with? >> well, i'm sure they will be dealt with behind closed doors, not necessarily in front of the cameras. they will say all of the right things and talk about their great relationship as you see here in the video right now, merkel is on the steps of the great hall of the people with her delegation. basically on the geopolitical front, i'm sure they will speak about the fighting in the ukraine that will most certainly be discussed given merkel's outspoken comments already. pollution in china, she's mentioned that. she mentioned it yesterday in the province saying this has to be some
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