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How fighter jet sales fit into America's China-containment strategy

Selling arm to Asian countries is a way for the U.S. to cement alliances and up its influence in the region -- and the money isn't bad, either. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

SINGAPORE   As China was busy deploying radar systems and surface-to-air missiles on reclaimed islands in the South China Sea in February, a pair of U.S. fighter jets soared over the sea en route to Singapore. They were F-22s -- widely regarded as the world's most powerful fighter aircraft, thanks to their stealth capabilities and high maneuverability.

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