China shows off stealth fighter as it unveils new laser weapon that can shoot down missiles and spy planes

China has flaunted its advanced stealth fighter jets with full missile loads for the first time as Beijing flexed its military might at its biennial air show.

Two Chinese J-20s – China’s answer to the US F-22s and F-35s – roared over the crowds in Zhuhai, a southern Chinese city, with its bomb bay doors open to show off four long-range air-to-air missiles inside, and two short-range combat missiles under the wings.

But despite state media describing the flyover as a “stunning aerial display”, the move masked the crucial fact that China’s fighter jets are still using Russian-made engines, even after reportedly spending $4.4 billion developing the J-20.

“China made a point at this air show about…

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