Washington: Pakistan has said it will not share the wreckage of the United States’ secret stealth-modified helicopter, which was abandoned by American troops during a raid on al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbotabad, with China.
The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.
The chopper, which aviation experts believe to be a highly-classified modified version of a Blackhawk helicopter, clipped a wall during ‘Operation Geronimo’, the White House said.
The US Navy SEALs, who rode in on the bird, attempted to destroy it after abandoning it on the ground, but a significant portion of the tail section survived the explosion.
The US has already asked the Pakistanis to return the helicopter wreckage, but one Pakistani official told ABC News that the Chinese were also "very interested" in seeing the remains.
Another official said: "We might let them [the Chinese] take a look."
According to the report, a US official said he did not know if the Pakistanis had offered a peek of the chopper’s remains to China, but added that he would be "shocked" if the Chinese had not already been given access to the damaged aircraft.
According to former White House counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke, the potential technological advancements gleaned from the bird could be a "much appreciated gift" to the Chinese.
"Because Pakistan gets access to Chinese missile technology and other advanced systems, Islamabad is always looking for ways to give China something in return," Clarke said.
However, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, denied that his country would allow China to get its hands on the helicopter’s wreckage.
"Pakistan is not going to share any technology, and I don`t think our friends in China have shown any interest in doing so," Haqqani told CNN.