China Defense Close-Up
China’s Zhuhai air show this year may have been the best ever in terms of new defense exhibits. But any information other than wall charts, videos and the occasional brochure was hard to come by, even with an interpreter on hand: Informal talks with foreign media or analysts were definitely not encouraged. On the other hand, Zhuhai had no photography restrictions (unlike some U.S. shows), unless you count the ever-present haze and backlight. Aviation Week Senior International Editor Bill Sweetman took advantage of this opportunity. Also, read his overview commentary, China’s Radar and Missile Work Means More Than Fighters.