Not seeking access to US secret chopper: China

Last Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 18:10

Beijing: China on Thursday dismissed as "absurd"
reports that it had sought access from its all-weather friend
Pakistan to the wreckage of the US` secret stealth-modified
helicopter, which had crashed during the unilateral American
raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad hideout.

Asked about reports that China had either sought access
or already seen the wreckage to study the design of the
chopper which was for the first time used by the US military,
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu, told
reporters that it was "absurd," declining to say anything
further.

US television network ABC News had reported that
Pakistani officials were interested in studying the remains of
helicopter and suggested that the Chinese were interested as
well.

American officials apprehended that China, which
specialised in reverse-engineering technology, may try to
recreate the technology of the destroyed helicopter.

Key US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher also demanded
immediate return of the chopper debris for fear of American
military secrets being compromised.

In 1998, Pakistan`s military and intelligence services
facilitated the transfer of an unexploded American Tomahawk
missile recovered by Taliban to China.

The Chinese were then able to reverse-engineer the
missile and dissect its components, allowing them to learn its
vulnerabilities and defeat its capabilities.
Also much of the wreckage of a F-117 Nighthawk bomber
shot by Serbian rebels believed to have made its way to China.

China`s first stealth aircraft, which was unveiled
recently, shared technical know-how gleaned from the destroyed
Nighthawk.

During the May 2 raid in Abbottabad, a specially
configured stealth US Special Forces helicopter crashed and
even though US soldiers attempted to destroy it, the tail was
left intact and recovered by the Pakistanis.

The US has already asked the Pakistanis for the
helicopter wreckage and the ABC quoted a Pakistani official as
saying that Chinese were also "very interested" in seeing the
remains.

Another official said, "We might let them (the Chinese)
take a look."

The chopper, which aviation experts believe to be a
highly classified modified version of a Blackhawk helicopter,
clipped a wall during the operation to kill the al-Qaeda
leader.

The Navy SEALs who were travelling on it attempted to
destroy it after abandoning it on the ground, but a
significant portion of the tail section survived the
explosion, following which it was towed by Pakistani military
officials to an unknown destination.

PTI




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