posted on Mar, 29 2005 @ 05:26 PM
One thing I wish to add.
Ever since 1900s up to the reforms, and the 1989 Tian An Meng Square massacre, China has had many many setbacks in development. Technology lagged way
behind other powers because of those setbacks.
The reason China is copying technology now is because of those technology setbacks.
Imagine trying to do a calculus problem that you've never seen and never learned about. Can you do it? Obviously not. Now, if you follow someone
else's solution to a similar problem step by step, then get back to your original problem, you'll probably know how to do it unless your IQ is like
70 or 80.
This is a similar situation in China. They can't start developing brand new aircraft projects off the bat. They have little experience. The modern
China really began in the 70s or 80s, before that it was more or less a third world country, invaded by foreign powers, suffered from corruption and
civil war. Those aircraft designers have never designed planes before, can they suddenly come up with a fighter that can even fly? No. They had to
take technology from other countries, see how they do it, learn from what they do, and THEN develop fighters indegeniously.
[edit on 29-3-2005 by Taishyou]