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Will Drones Overtake Top Guns In Tomorrow's Wars? The View From Above, In China

Analysis: As China, in a show of force, "leaks" pictures of its new J-22 fighter jet, one wonders if the future of tomorrow's skies will be ruled by stealth jets or rather by unmanned combat drones.

Unmanned X-47B drone (DARPA)
Unmanned X-47B drone (DARPA)
Wang Xiaoxia

BEIJING -- American and European military observers like to complain that the Chinese military is not transparent enough. But it's really just that the Chinese way is more subtle and tactful.

In mid-March, the Chinese Air Force carried a test flight for its new fifth-generation J-20 "Mighty Dragon" fighter-jet, without a prior press release. After the test, photos were immediately posted in the military columns of various web media. It looked like a leak from the Chinese Air Force. Except, if it were a real leak, the person responsible for it would by now have received an "invitation to tea" from the state security apparatus.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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