ok, then lets play the subsidies game again.
the 1992 traty between the US and EU allows both companies to receive subsidies - once in form of repayable loans (and yes, they are being repaid), once in form of state funded R & D. it's safe to conclude that if both are allowed to, both do.
less is clear regarding what is going on in japan. japan does give direct subsidies to its industries, according to the article. it is not, as was proposed before, that we are merely talking about the sum suppliers will have to invest. no, direct subsidies by the state of japan for R&D or mnft. of the 35% of the 7e7 are being discussed. according to the article, however, japan hides the numbers so far.
who am i to judge the situation. but whith my small amount of information i tend to conclude:
generally, A & B both receive some subsidies - via different channels - from the EU or US. if one receives more than the other is hard to tell. whether one form is more unfair than the other is hard to tell, because i (and probably most of us) do not know the numbers.
re. 7e7, boeing already received 3bil $ indirect subsidies (tax breaks; yes, this is subsidy, just as repayable loans at low interest and with a parachute is subsidy). up to now, it is unclear what will happen in japan. there are, however, at least some cues that some tax money will float into the elegant carbon wings of the 7e7.
i must say that i am happy that this is the way it is. we will see better planes this way - as long as there is still competition. and there is an will be competition for a long time....