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March 22, 2011

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission was created by Congress to report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. For more information, visit

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Releases Report:

Ready for Takeoff: China’s Advancing Aerospace Industry

Shipborne SU-33: China is known to be creating indigenous PLAN fleet defense fighter craft based on Russian designs  Image: Russian Navy

Washington, D.C. - The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has released a new report, “Ready for Takeoff: China’s Advancing Aerospace Industry,” which assesses China’s commercial aviation manufacturing capabilities, its commercial and military capabilities in space, efforts of the Chinese government to encourage foreign participation in the development of China’s aerospace industry, transfers of foreign aerospace technology to China, the extent to which U.S. and other foreign aerospace firms are dependent on supplies from China, and the implications of all of these issues for U.S. security interests.

Among other things, the report analyzes the role of foreign firms in the development of China’s aviation manufacturing industry, summarizes the policies of the Chinese government toward foreign companies, and describes U.S. and other foreign joint ventures and cooperative research and development activities in China.

The report asserts that “there is no question that China’s growing civilian aerospace capabilities are contributing to the development of its military aerospace capabilities” and details developments in China’s military and space capabilities, including launch vehicles, communications satellites, civilian earth-observation satellites, military imagery reconnaissance satellites, and position, navigation, and timing (PNT) satellites.

This report was prepared for the Commission by Roger Cliff, Chad J. R. Ohlandt and David Yang of the RAND Corporation National Security Research Division. It can be found at:

For a copy of this and other USCC reports, please visit For a hard copy of a USCC Annual Report to Congress, please contact Tim Lipka at or 202-624-1407.