They may not. Politicians are not supposed to know the intricacies of Military technologies.They'd have advisors who'd suggest the way forward. Politicians might not be privy to all activities within the MIC. China certainly has the capital to flush into the engine development drain and chinese politicians ought to be convinced to do so.you seem to be suggesting that Chines politicians do not realize they need advanced engines for the J-20 etc, that's rather ludicris?? no??
Your average politician won't be making key military decisions. With the exception of the President Xi Jinping, rest of the top members in the CMC are heads of the armed forces who would know a lot more than you or I.They may not. Politicians are not supposed to know the intricacies of Military technologies.They'd have advisors who'd suggest the way forward. Politicians might not be privy to all activities within the MIC. China certainly has the capital to flush into the engine development drain and chinese politicians ought to be convinced to do so.
Vested Interests might be in operation within the chain of command who is eying a particular goal. That goal might not be sabotage or something that'd directly pose a national security risk - it can be something more simple, personal even - like a position within the company, financial theft. Corruption ??
This. The J-11D is delayed. They already have the Su-35 in service. So they already have a logistics and maintenance chain in place. They probably have maxed out their Flanker production facility at Shenyang just building J-16s. Which are a lot more required because the JH-17s are literally falling out of the sky. After the J-16s are done they need to build J-15s for the carrier.Since the J-11D is a no show as of this moment, I can see why more Su-35 might be an option. You get J-20, J-16, and J-10C in the top tier but there is quite a gap after that. Right now, there is no info on potential J-11B upgrades (Upgrades to J-11D standard like the J-8D/H were upgraded to the J-8F standard) or newly built J-11B with J-11D avionics. Su-35 is by no means a crappy plane. It'll probably run circles around the J-11B. J-16 is the most advanced flanker in the PLAAF in terms of avionics but the Su-35 has its advantages.
China also needs Russia's help. If not for a series of historical blowbacks and unforced errors the US would have wiped the floor with both these countries already and it still can with greater difficulty, not to say it is necessary nor good for humanity. A balanced international security backdrop is best for world development.Agree, but Russia need China's help and anyway SU-35 is very very good fighter.
The stronger Russia (not too strong), the better for China