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Finding its wings

China [AIR FORCE]

The Beijing government likes to surprise the world with its latest military developments. Take this summer when China finally revealed its first aircraft carrier, a retrofitted Russian warship, or earlier in the year when it tested its first domestically developed stealth fighter.

In typical Communist Party-fashion, the civilian and military mix seamlessly, and heavy investment in China’s aerospace sector over the past decade is beginning to bear fruit for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). Defence…

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