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Chinese aviation in the world's top flight

By Yang Jian (Shanghai Daily)

08:41, November 21, 2012

THE Zhuhai air show that ended on Sunday was a high-profile showcase for China's aviation power, with both civilian and military aircraft on display.

Domestically manufactured fighter jets, helicopters, drones and a stealth fighter on par with US fourth-generation planes attracted world attention during the six-day, 9th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in the southern city.

"It showcased the image of the Chinese Air Force and enhanced the spirit and morale of the army," said Shen Jinke, a publicity officer with People's Liberation Army Air Force.

The air show attracted more than 100 foreign delegations of government and military officials.

Deals valued at a record US$11.8 billion were signed, including sales of 202 aircraft.

"The Zhuhai air show is the only major international exhibition integrating defense, aerospace and civil aviation," said Song Yongxin, a Chinese aviation commentator.

Though the Farnborough, Paris and Dubai air shows also exhibit some defense products, most of the sales at those events involve civil aviation and are on a lesser scale than the Zhuhai show, he said.

China's newly unveiled attack helicopter, the WZ-10, was a star attraction after it executed a low pass over a Su-27 jet fighter from Russia's "Warriors" flying squad on the first day of the show.

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