As China starts to put together a modern, integrated air force, which could reach 1,000 fighters by 2020, it is developing the components of a future force of stealthier combat aircraft, new bombers and unmanned, hypersonic and possibly space-based combat platforms. These could emerge as soon as the early 2020s. This dual track was illustrated in late 2010 by two events. One was the People's Liberation Army Air Force's (Plaaf) first foreign demonstration of its modern capabilities: a ...

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