A Strategic Challenge In China’s New Tactical Fighter Exports
As part of its campaign to build global strategic influence China is offering increasingly sophisticated weapons exports that it uses to reinforce important political and economic relationships. China is no longer a last resort supplier of cheap but obsolete weapons for isolated regimes; it can now offer a full range of weapons that are increasingly competitive with Western systems in capability and very competitive in terms of price. This increase in both capability and value is creating new weapons sales opportunities for China in non-traditional regions. This dynamic is starting to play out in Latin America, where China’s success in selling inexpensive training aircraft and radar could lead to sales of more sophisticated air combat systems.
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