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US News Airshow China: Beijing shows its aeronautical ambition and its military power

22:40  27 september  2021
22:40  27 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Un drone CH-6 est vu la veille du 13e Salon international de l'aviation et de l'aérospatiale de Chine à Zhuhai, dans la province du Guangdong, le 27 septembre 2021. © AFP - CHRIST CH-6 drone is seen the day before the 13th International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition of China in Zhuhai, in the Province of Guangdong, September 27, 2021. The Zhuhai Show, biggest appointments for Aeronautics and Space players in China, starts on Tuesday in the southern country in a still uncertain health context, but Beijing want to display its presence and ambition in this area.

This year again, the world salon agenda is turned on with sanitary uncertainty. The greatest of the appointments of aeronautics and space, that of the Bourget in France, had to be postponed by two years.

traditionally organized every two years but postponed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Salon de Zhuhai will this year do this year the local businesses, while the conditions of entry into China are very strict because of the Sanitary context.

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The Airshow China will be held for six days and in a partially revised format, with virtual appointments, but Beijing intends to show that the country returned to normal after COVID and give the recovery signal for a sector that Gently starts to see the sky emerge. In this perspective, the Chinese market remains the world's first aerospace market within 20 years.

willingness to be autonomous

but no question of being only a market for foreign manufacturers. While commercial tensions lost with Western countries - United States and Europe in mind - the Chinese have the ambition to produce part of their fleet themselves.

The Shot of Zhuhai will therefore be an opportunity for Beijing to display its willingness to be autonomous in the aerospace sector and also to show its growing military power in the eyes of the world. Chinese companies will be in good position. The largest amphibious aircraft in the world, the AG600, that China is aimed at exporting, should fly not far from the local armed drones.

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The armed Wing Loong II drone, similar to the American MQ-9 Reader, has already been sold to foreign buyers, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, a symbol of the will of Beijing to compete with export with the West. In addition, a pilot-free helicopter and drone equipment will be visible for the first time in Zhuhai.

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But it is mostly

the C919 of the Comac Chinese aircraft that should attract their eyes. The first Middle Mail Chinese monoclia, even if for the time it is equipped with Western components, aims to compete Boeing and Airbus . It must be certified by the end of the year to enter service next year.

In all, more than 100 Chinese aircraft that must be presented at the show, according to the official press, the J-16D fighter plane, electronic version of the J-16.

The main western groups like Airbus and Boeing have chosen to send their teams based in China.

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Taiwan does not count on the military activities of China .
© Taiwanese Defense Ministry in four days, from Friday to Monday, some 148 aircraft of the Chinese army have crossed the Taiwanese airspace, in the South From the island, Taipei said. Two days after the passage of Chinese aviation in the Taiwanese sky, senior executive officials in Taipei, whose president and the Prime Minister, are the demonstrations of Beijing's force, repeating that the country must remain in alert state. Taiwan does not count under Chinese pressures .

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