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Military Expert: China Is only 15-Years behind the U.S. and Russia in Fighter Development

On October 31, 2012, China’s second stealth jet fighter, the J-31, made its successful maiden flight. Commenting on the significance of the event, China’s aviation expert, Yongling Xu, said in an exclusive interview with a People’s Daily reporter, "China has narrowed the gap in the field of aviation technology between itself and foreign advanced countries to about 15 years. With the support of China’s strong national (financial) power, coupled with the ingenuity of the Chinese people, the day that China’s aviation industry catches up with the United States is just around the corner.” 

Source: People’s Daily, November 1, 2012