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Modernization Through Adaptation

December 17 2004

Worried that Russian Flankers assembled in China will soon become obsolete, Beijing
now wants Sukhoi to provide more sophisticated Su-30MKK fighters, such as this one.

Those who have foreseen the People's Republic of China as a potential adversary have been dealing with a "good news/bad news" situation until recently, in analyzing the capability of Chinese arms producers.

Let's look at the "bad news" first. China's actual defense spending levels now appear to exceed most official...



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