The Long March 8 was originally supposed to be a cheap expendable launcher. Somewhere in the Chinese space launch sector, that was not considered good enough.
Yearly, China introduces systems to find, track and attack U.S. targets beyond the first chain of islands to its east; and yearly, the deployed numbers rise.
U.S. stance puts China’s ability to soak up the technology of commercial aircraft onboard systems in doubt.
Detail design of the MA700 is complete, and work has begun on most of the structure at Avic’s civil-aircraft factories.