China unveils J-20 stealth jet in latest display of military clout

China unveils J-20 stealth jet in latest display of military clout, by The Telegraph.

China showed its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter in public for the first time on Tuesday, opening the country’s biggest meeting of aircraft makers and buyers with a show of its military clout. …

Experts say China has been refining designs for the J-20, first glimpsed by plane-spotters in 2010, in the hope of narrowing a military technology gap with the United States. President Xi Jinping has pushed to toughen the armed forces as China takes a more assertive stance in Asia, particularly in the South China and East China seas. …

But analysts said the brief and, relatively, cautious J-20 routine – the pilots did not open weapon bay doors, or perform low-speed passes – answered few questions. …

“It’s a change of tactics for the Chinese to publicly show off weapons that aren’t in full squadron service yet,” said Sam Roggeveen, a senior fellow at the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, “and demonstrates a lot of confidence in the capability, and also a lot of pride.”