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Huanqiu: The Russia-Ukraine Conflict Helped China Develop Advanced Military Weapons

On September 16, 2014, Huanqiu, (the Chinese edition of Global Times) published an article on how the Russia-Ukraine conflict has benefited China in helping it to develop advanced military weapons. The article cited the information from the Russian Military Messenger. “After the Ukrainian crisis, China’s importance as a partner, both for Ukraine and Russia, has increased significantly in arms sales, joint research and development, as well as in military technology exchanges.”

“Russia and Ukraine regard China as a sales market for their products, especially the products developed and produced jointly by Russia and Ukraine. Experts pointed out that China relies on Russian and Ukraine’s technology in terms of weapons and equipment production. Therefore, China has increased its interest in cooperation with Russia and Ukraine.” The article particularly gave the example of a People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) Shenyang J-11 fighter, which had harassed a US Navy (USN) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft on August 19, 2014. This Shenyang J-11 fighter is not only a replica of the Russian fighter Su -27SK. “All components of its airborne radio-electronic equipment, including avionics and airborne radar, were actually produced in Russia or Ukraine.”

Source: Huanqiu, September 16, 2014