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Stealth Race: China test flies Chengdu J-20 ‘Black Eagle’ [Russia Today/Youtube]


A Russia Today news report on Youtube explores how China’s fifth-generation fighter J-20, though built in China is also reliant on parts from the U.S. and Russia. This is unlike the U.S. and Russia where the F-22 and Sukhoi T-50 are largely indigenous fighters.

The interview also reveals because of this, China may not necessarily have the critical production capability to go beyond prototypes and build an entire fleet. From China’s track record of deconstructing technology (legal or otherwise, see China: Intellectual Property Infringement, Indigenous Innovation Policies, and Frameworks for Measuring the Effects on the U.S. Economy by the United States International Trade Commission), I would disagree. It seems only a matter of time before they figure out how to do it on their own.

China’s confirmed it’s conducted a successful test flight of its new stealth fighter. Following on the heels of the U.S. and Russia, it is now the third country to put a stealth prototype into the air. (Russia Today, in Youtube, Jan 11, 2011)

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Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Influence, International Relations, J-20, military, Russia, Strategy, Technology, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, U.S., Youtube

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