Indeed, if we take a look about chinese hardwares from the J-5, until J-16, including their awacs all are russian/soviet cloones. Maybe J-10 excepted because, it is very well known that the J-10 was in fact a clone israeli Lavy, except for his jet powerplant where China still rely on Russia with tumanski. But things are changing and very quickly.
Most of the fighters fleet's projects were launched in the mid 2000's, where China's economy was at the best the third from US economy, and certainly the half or Russia's economy. Then, at this time China lacked money, and simply could not afford to implement projects, as these projects ask substancials resources that China had not in that time.
However, nowadays China's GDP -as westerns forecasts- will surpass US's GDP during this year. The reality, China's GDP surpassed US's GDP a few years ago. Hence they have very more ressources, huge amount of money availlable meanwhile western countries are in a deep depression.
Here is one of the result, China is becoming the first regarding tool manchines production far ahead Japan, and Germany. As China became the first world market.
However far to be the first exporters, and far behind Japan, Germany and Switzerland, nowadays, but thinks will change more quickly than anyone could expected.
As you can read in this following link, it arise great concerns even by Japan.
Barring any major unexpected events, China is almost certain to become world leader in machine tools production in the near future.
Machine tools as you can easily understand are the most strategic area where country could become superpower.
Concerning the super computer, Chinese 100% indigenous hardware is now at 40th in the top500.org.
Things will change quickly too in this area. In the eve of the next decades China will overpass every western hardware either in aircrafts, satelites -beidu, chinese indegenous GPS-or in the navy. The next decade we will see China and US in the top of the world hardware, however, after 2030, India will become the main chinese chalengers, as the two countries have both enourmous assets.
Hence China, and India will become the majors armies in the world in the next future.
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