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It was the first time a U.S. president stepped in to halt such a foreign business deal for national security reasons since 1990, when President George H.W. Bush scuttled the sale of a manufacturer to a Chinese agency.

Chinese construction machinery giant Sany denied that the project posed security risks and said U.S. officials were discriminating against the company because it is Chinese. It filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government last month and added Mr. Obama’s name as a defendant later.


Discovery could flood vintage Spitfire market

YANGON — As many as 140 World War II Spitfire fighter planes – three to four times the number of airworthy models known to exist – are thought to be buried in near-pristine condition in Myanmar.

A British-Myanmarese partnership says it will begin digging up the planes by the end of the month.

The excavation was given the go-ahead this week, when the Myanmarese government signed an agreement with British aviation enthusiast David J. Cundall and his local partner.

Mr. Cundall, a farmer and businessman, announced this year that he had located 20 of the planes, best known for helping the Royal Air Force win mastery of the skies during the Battle of Britain.

On Thursday, however, a retired Myanmarese geology professor who has assisted in the recovery operation since 1999 said there are about 140 Spitfires buried in various places in the Southeast Asian country, which until 1948 was a British colony called Burma. He did not explain the discrepancy in estimates.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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