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ANALYSIS: China's mixed signals on military aircraft exports

On the second day of the 2015 Dubai Air Show, reporters crowded into the Avic chalet. Expectations were high: a sign outside a day earlier had proclaimed there would be a briefing on the CAIC WZ-10 attack helicopter. Minutes passed while Avic officials avoided eye contact. The time set for the briefing came and went. Inquiries to the reticent officials evinced no more than a brusque shrug. Half an hour after they arrived, reporters departed in frustration. It turned out that the decision to hold a media briefing on the helicopter had been countermanded – although nobody wanted to say this outright.

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