Russians are welcome in setting up an aircraft manufacturing plant like Airbus and Boeing in China.Is there any possibility of going over to the PD-14/purchasing MC-21s if in a bind?
In fact why haven't the Chinese carriers ordered a token number of MC-21s, even if just to show good will to Russia.
In order to sweeten their offerings, they may also assemble PD-14 in China. China welcomes everyone. Besides, I don't think Civil aviation is about showing good will. Ultimately it's about profitability of the civil airliners.