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China touts fighter jets at public airshow

China touts fighter jets at public airshow

Citing Chinese experts, the newspaper said the demonstration, which came on the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Air Force, displayed the J-20's superiority to the top USA fighter jets, the F-22 and F-35, as well as the PLA's growing confidence.

Different from previous shows at Airshow China, the Sunday one on the airshow's closing day had four J-20 fighters and many came to watch the big stars of the event.

While China has touted various achievements in the J-20 programme, it has also seen setbacks, particularly with respect to the lack of a reliable indigenous engine.

In May, China first revealed it was conducting advanced stealth tests for the J-20 and a report published in June by another Communist Party-run newspaper, China Youth Daily, claimed the development of the J-20 gave the country a newfound status shared only by the USA and Russian Federation.

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force intends to increase its presence in space as part of a plan to create world-class strategic aviation, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement. Conventional aircraft like the SU-30MKI carry their weapons externally on the wings or fuselage, increasing the aircraft's radar signature and also worsening in-flight drag.

The post claimed that the arrival of the J-20 would change the balance of air power in the Asia-Pacific region.

The public display of the J-20's missile capability is being perceived as another attempt by China to project confidence about its stealth fighter project. China has won sales in the Middle East and elsewhere by offering drones at lower prices and without the political conditions attached by the U.S. During the exhibition, 239 aircraft were traded, according to the organizer.