AIRSHOW-Europe faces Herculean challenge to develop new fighter jet
* France-German agreement seen as key catalyst (Adds reference to Russian fighter development in 7th paragraph)
BEIJING May 31 Growth in China's manufacturing sector in May kept pace with the previous month, an official survey showed on Wednesday, beating expectations in a reassuring sign the world's second-biggest economy is not losing too much steam after a solid first quarter performance.
The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) stood at 51.2 in May, compared with the previous month's 51.2 and above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis.
Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted a reading of 51.0. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
WASHINGTON, June 23 The U.S. military said on Friday that a crisis communications link with Russia meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria was "in use," even after Moscow threatened to abandon it over the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday.