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This research paper is based on information compiled from 1985-1991 open source Chinese publications and from discussions with Chinese military officials while assigned as the Assistant Air Attache in Beijing , China , between May 1987 and June 1989.

This paper is meant to provide an overview of the PLA Air Force and is incomplete in many areas. All translations are my own, so the Chinese pinyin is added liberally throughout the paper. Since the paper includes only bits and pieces of fragmentary information, it is not intended to be used as a sole source document on the subject. Historical information is included, since it helps provide the basis for understanding the PLA Air Force's organization today.

This project would not have been possible without the support of all the members of USDAO Beijing and from the numerous people who provided guidance and feedback throughout the process. I would especially like to thank---REDACTED-----for their assistance during earlier drafts.

I would like to dedicate this research paper to my wife,--Redacted-- and my boys,--Redacted-and-Redacted-who supported me through four years of research and writing.

The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense, the Department of the Air Force, or the Defense Intelligence Agency.

April 1991

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