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Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping already has too much on his plate: a huge but rapidly declining population; an economy that has sunk into stagnation and is unlikely to resurface; and the horrible example of how the invasion of Ukraine worked out for the Russians, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Defence Minister Anita Anand announced on Jan. 9 that the government had finalized its deal to replace the Air Force's again fleet of CF-18 fighter jets with 88 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. It's estimated to cost $19-billion, but will cost about $70-billion for the entire lifecycle of the jets. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade