Has China’s Y-20 Flown Yet?

It appears that speculation that China’s Y-20 heavy lift military transport will conduct its first flight this year could be wrong. Based on photographs provided courtesy of Virginia-based GeoEye, taken December 25, 2012, by GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite, and taken on January 1, 2013, by GeoEye-1, the new cargo transport appears to be ruling the tarmac…

Key Trends to Watch in China in 2013

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins have come up with a Top Ten major trends to watch for in China in the Year of the Snake (2013). These are issues that policy makers, businesspeople and the general public should follow closely to understand China’s growth and evolution. Amongst the predictions, China will face growing internal challenges,…

China’s New Y-20 Heavy Lift Transport Revealed

New photos show China’s new Y-20 heavy lift military transport. The photos were posted on various Chinese-language military blogs, including Air Force World and Huanqiu. China’s military needs a heavy lift transport to deal with the challenges of operating beyond Chinese airspace. There is also a requirement for a heavy lift transport to respond to…