Contributor: Radio Free Asia
Posted: 01/26/2011 12:00:00 AM EST
Pilot says fighter plane is "masterpiece of China's technological innovation." Chinese military officials gather around the J-20 stealth fighter after it made its first-known test flight in Sichuan province, Jan. 11, 2011. China's state-run media on Tuesday denied allegations that the Jian-20 stealth fighter plane unveiled earlier this month used technology stolen from the United States. According to the Global Times, which has the direct backing of the ruling Communist Party, military officials say the plane is entirely homegrown. It quoted a senior Chinese test pilot as saying that the plane was a "masterpiece" of homegrown innovation. "Unlike previous fighters such as the J-7 and J-8, which drew on the merits of aircraft from other countries, the J-20 is a masterpiece of China's technological innovation," it quoted pilot Xu Yongling as saying. The paper, which is a sister publication of the Communist Party mouthpiece The People's Daily, said allegations that China had acquired the technology from the U.S. amounted to nothing but a Western "smear campaign."
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