Ma­jor chal­lenges in store as key meet­ings ap­proach in Bei­jing New­fighter jet ap­pears ready for PLA

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn By ZHAO YI­NAN in Bei­jing zhaoy­i­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s air force will soon com­mis­sion the J-10B fighter jet, the most ad­vanced mil­i­tary air­craft the coun­try has ever de­vel­oped on its own, in­for­ma­tion re­leased by mil­i­tary ob­servers show.

Sev­eral pic­tures show­ing 14 of the planes lined up out­side an uniden­ti­fied air­craft fac­tory have been cir­cu­lat­ing on mil­i­tary web­sites. Ex­perts said their gray paint scheme in­di­cates that they will soon be de­liv­ered to the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army air force.

Though no one has claimed own­er­ship of the pic­tures, they are be­lieved to have been taken by Chi­nese avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts in late De­cem­ber

Is­sues to be dis­cussed at the an­nual ses­sions of the na­tional or leg­is­la­tureearly Jan­uary.and top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory “Con­sid­er­ing­body thatare the the most paint scheme com­pli­cate­dis be­ing and used chal­leng­ingby the PLAin more­air forcethan a and decade, re­cent ac­cord­ing leaks that to the ob­servers.air­craft has con­cluded its Na­tion­al­tests,” Wang Peo­ple’s Ya’nan, Congress deputy edi­tor-in-chieflaw­mak­ers and of mem­bers Aerospaceof Knowl­ed­gethe Chi­nese mag­a­zine, Peo­ple’s said Po­lit­i­cal on Wed­nes­day. Con­sul­ta­tive“I think Con­fer­ence th­ese J-10Bs Na­tional will Com­mit­tee­join the air forcewill withi­nat­tend the a short meet­ings pe­riod in and Bei­jing will pair start­ing with on the Tues­day. heavy-duty twinengine Pol­icy J-11, watch­er­sand with said our fifth­gen­er­a­tionthey ex­pect China’s stealth lead­ers fighter,to come the J-20,up with which more is clear-cut ex­pected strate­gies to en­ter to ser­vice guar­an­tee within eco­nom­ica few years,” growth, he pro­vide­said. more op­por­tu­ni­ties “It is for also so­ci­ety, pos­si­ble and andto fa­cil­i­tate fea­si­ble that re­form. the J-10B’s up­graded ver­sion Wang will Ruifang,be cho­se­nan economistby the navy to serve on an air­craft car­rier or am­phibi­ous as­sault ship,” he added.

Du Wen­long, at Nan­jing Uni­ver­sity, said the na­tion will aban­don the blind pur­suit of GDP growth, but will adopt a se­ri­ous ap­proach to achiev­ing a planned min­i­mum level of GDP ex­pan­sion.

Although this growth will not be as rapid as in the early stages of the coun­try’s devel­op­ment, main­tain­ing a cer­tain speed will still re­quire some ef­fort, Wang said.

Zhao Zhen­hua, an econ­o­mist re­searcherat the at Par­tythe PLA School Acade­myof the Cen­tralof Mil­i­tary Com­mit­tee Science, of saidthe Com­mu­nist­the J-10 fam­ily Party will of be China, de­vel­oped said that into a to mul­ti­taskachieve re­quired plat­form growth,that can the coun­try per­form will air-toground­con­tinue to strikeslook to and gov­ern­men­tledalso can be used in­vest­mentin sea-based projects, op­er­a­tions. will help The small J-10B com­pa­niesis an im­proved­with tax in­cen­tives,vari­ant of the and J-10A, sup­port which industrial is man­u­fac­tured in­no­va­tion. by theChengdu Air­craftLiu Li­gang, In­dus­try chief Group, China a economist­sub­sidiary of at the Australia State-ownedand New gi­ant Zealand Avi­a­tion Bank­ing In­dus­try Group, Corp of China.

West­ern mil­i­tary sources said the jetha­dits first flight in De­cem­ber 2008, and mass is ex­pect­ing an in­ter­est-rate cut in March, fol­low­ing the cen­tral bank’s de­ci­sion to lower banks’ re­serve re­quire­ment ra­tio in Fe­bru­ary.

Du Yang, a de­mog­ra­phy re­searcher­pro­duc­tion starte­dat the in Chi­nese2013. Acade­myA pub­lic­i­tyof So­cial of­fi­cer Sciences,at Avi­a­tion said China In­dus­try must Corp’s con­tinue Bei­jingto raise head­quar­ters in­dus­try’s who com­pet­i­tive­nes­sas­ked not to be to named cre­ate saidup to he 10 could mil­lion not new con­firm ur­ban in­for­ma­tion­jobs an­nu­ally. about the Many J-10B, re­searcher­sc­it­ing cor­po­ratear­gued that pol­icy. legal and in­sti­tu­tional changes Zhang will Zhaozhong,have to be a made. mil­i­tary China ex­pert In­ter­na­tion­alat the Cap­i­tal PLA’s Na­tional Corp, De­fensea Chi­nese Uni­ver­sity,in­vest­ment said the bank, new said figh­t­erin a has re­cent “an re­port in­crease thatof at it least ex­pects 30 per­cent­the top legislaturein over­all to ca­pa­bil­ity”make ma­jor com­pare­drevi­sions to with the its Se­cu­ri­ties pre­de­ces­sor.Law, the He Com­mer­cial­added that the Banks war­planeLaw and can the com­peteLaw Against­with any Un­fair fourth-gen­er­a­tionCom­pe­ti­tion, fight­erto fur­ther­jet in Asia. reg­u­late gov­ern­ment­The air­craft pow­er­has amax­i­mu­mand re­duce busi­nesstake­off weight­costs in of China.19 met­ric ton­sand­can carry apay­load of up to 8 tons. Its com­bat ra­dius can reach to about 1,000 kilo­me­ters, Zhang said.

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