Across Airbus's factories in Germany and France, more than a dozen A320neo and A321neos, some that were ready as far back as last spring, have been in storage awaiting final sign-offs from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. About a half-dozen A350s for Chinese carriers are waiting at its main headquarters in Toulouse in southern France.
Precisely what has slowed Airbus' approvals in China isn't entirely clear. The delays have more to do with politics than technology, say several people familiar with the regulatory delays. The delays are wrapped up in an extended wish list from Beijing that ranges from new safety agreements with Europe to additional production in China.
It seems CN feels EU has been dragging their feet on accepting CN certification standards so CN has been dragging its feet on accepting Airbus deliveries.
All the official sources are denying this is happening, though the timing of US deliveries to CN advanced after the US accepted CN's standards.
Very interesting article!