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China con­ducted flight tests of its new­est stealth fighter, the J-20, dur­ing an air show in Zhuhai on Tues­day, where two of the jets con­ducted a highly pub­li­cized fly-by.

The J-20s were a sur­prise at the air show and were not an­nounced as part of the sched­ule, ac­cord­ing to press re­ports from Zhuhai.

The Zhuhai air show fea­tured an ar­ray of new mil­i­tary weapons and tech­nol­ogy, part of China’s large-scale mil­i­tary buildup. Also shown were new as­sault ve­hi­cles, anti-air­craft mis­siles, drone air­craft and other fighter jets, in­clud­ing the J-10.

The Zhuhai show is a ma­jor pro­pa­ganda op­er­a­tion by the Chi­nese govern­ment to show off its grow­ing mil­i­tary might.

U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies since 2014 iden­ti­fied the J-20 as the ma­jor ben­e­fi­ciary of China’s cy­beres­pi­onage op­er­a­tions against U.S. and Western de­fense firms.

U.S. de­fense of­fi­cials said the cy­ber­at­tacks against the F-35 jet took place since 2007 as part of what in­tel­li­gence agen­cies code-named Byzan­tine Hades, a mul­ti­year cy­bertheft pro­gram.

The Chi­nese mil­i­tary unit be­hind the in­tel­li­gence coup was iden­ti­fied as Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Tech­ni­cal Re­con­nais­sance Bureau in the Chengdu prov­ince. The unit then sup­plied the F-35 se­crets to the state-run Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp. of China

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