Age of the Dragon

Billions of dollars just to copy Airbus - but for China, it's worth it

September 23 2022 - 2:00am
A model of C919 passenger aircraft is seen during a media preview of the 2022 China International Fair for Trade in Services last month. Picture Getty Images

China has created a new airliner, the Comac C919. The state-directed program illustrates a lot about how the Chinese Communist Party runs the country's economy.

Bradley Perrett is a regular ACM columnist with a focus on Australia's relationship with China, covering defence, strategy, trade, economics and domestic policy. He was based in Beijing as a journalist from 2004 to 2020. His articles are supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

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