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China takes flight

Updated 11:32 AM ET, Tue January 20, 2015
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A Chinese J-31 stealth fighter jet takes off for a demonstration flight on November 9, in Zhuhai, China. Imaginechina/AP
J-10 fighter jets of the Bayi Aerobatic Team of the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force perform during the air show on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Pilots climb into a J-10 fighter jet on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
A guard stands by a Chinese-made drone at Airshow China on Tuesday, November 11. Bradley Olson/CNN
Chinese-made J-6 Bomber on display at Airshow China on Tuesday, November 11. Bradley Olson/CNN
J-10 fighter jets perform at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province on Tuesday, November 11.
A new C919 airliner is celebrated on July 31 in Chengdu, China. The 168-seat C919, being built by the Shanghai-based Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, is supposed to someday be the nucleus of a fleet of Chinese-built passenger aircraft. ChinaFotoPress /Stringer/getty images
Currently, at least two new Chinese fighter jets are being developed, including the Chengdu J-20, a successor to the Chengdu J-10 fighter jet shown in Beijing on December 4, 2013. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
China builds fleets of fighters and bombers almost exclusively for the People's Liberation Army and with very few foreign clients. Here, a Chinese-made Shenyang fighter jet is on display at the People's Liberation Army Aviation Museum in Beijing on December 4, 2013. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
The Yi Long drone by the China Aviation Industry Corp. is shown at the 2012 air show. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A soldier stands guard next to planes displayed during the airshow on November 13, 2012. While most Western aircraft manufacturers stay aloft thanks to sales of commercial jets, China's state-funded aerospace industry is heavily geared toward the military. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
China's J-10 fighter jets perform during the 2010 airshow on November 17, 2010. The day before the show China won orders for 100 of its large, domestically built passenger jets, challenging industry giants Airbus and Boeing in what will soon be the world's largest aviation market. STR/AFP/Getty Images