Hidden Currents at China's Air Show

No major deals were struck, but the behind-the-scenes dealmaking leaves no doubt about Beijing's goal of becoming a major plane builder

As air shows go, the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in the southern seaside city of Zhuhai was a decidedly earth-bound affair. There were none of the gut-wrenching aerial acrobatics and testosterone-charged displays of airborne weaponry that one expects at such exhibitions. Event organizers decided to ban flyovers to avoid any possibility of repeating the tragedy in Ukraine, where 76 spectators died after a Soviet-made jet crashed into a crowd this past July.

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