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Chinese Stealth Fighter J-20 Black Eagle Made Its Second Test Flight

The claims of a successful second test flight for the advanced
fighter follow China’s warning in late March that it faced an
increasingly volatile Asian region where the United States has expanded
its strategic footprint.

Some analysts have said that the first few photos of the J-20
suggest that China may be making faster-than-expected progress in
developing a rival to Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor, the world’s only
operational stealth fighter designed to evade detection by radar.

The latest pictures may heighten concern about China’s military
build-up, including possible deployment in 2011 of its first aircraft
carrier and a new anti-ship ballistic missile that is seen as a threat
to U.S. aircraft carriers.

Chinese military and political sources say Beijing could launch
its first aircraft carrier in 2011, a year earlier than U.S. military
analysts had expected.