Tai Ming Cheung Quoted on Chinese Aircraft
China: Doing it all yourself has its drawbacks
Kathrin Hille, Financial Times
When, in January 2011, China publicised the first test flight of the stealth fighter it is developing, the fact that the J-20 was advanced enough to get off the ground surprised many in the aviation world.
Since then, the Chengdu-made aircraft has had more practice. According to Chinese state media the first prototype completed its 60th test flight late last year and the second of four prototypes started test flights this year.
In addition, military experts in China say the country is developing a second lighter-weight stealth fighter, the J-60.
Without doubt, these projects are powerful symbols of China’s emerging military might.
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Tai Ming Cheung is an associate research scientist at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) located at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla. He directs the Minerva program on Chinese security and technology, a multi-year academic research and training project funded by the U.S. Defense Department to explore China’s technological potential.