John Bolton Says New Chinese Fighter Jet Looks Like F-35 Because They ‘Stole’ Design

John Bolton Says New Chinese Fighter Jet Looks Like F-35 Because They 'Stole' Design
US National Security Advisor John Bolton accused China of “stealing” plans for the F-35 fighter, claiming the newest Chinese aircraft looks exactly the same. But if looks are to be judged, Beijing is, by far, not the only culprit.

“The fifth generation Chinese fighter aircraft looks a lot like the F-35, that’s because it is the F-35, they just stole it,” Bolton said during a press conference in Kiev.

He did not specify which Chinese aircraft he had in mind – but it would take a lot of squinting for anyone looking at the J-20, the only Chinese 5th-gen fighter in service, to say it looks like the F-35. It’s significantly larger, has two engines instead of one, features prominent nose canards, etc. Basically, the only thing the two have in common is that the machines are modern stealth fighter jets.

Bolton could have been showing a deeper knowledge of the Chinese aircraft industry and had the Shenyang FC-31 fighter in mind.

This one does look similar to the F-35. However, only a couple of prototypes have been built over the past decade, and they’ve barely ever been seen flying. According to media reports, the plane is riddled with technical issues – which suddenly makes the likeness to the American jet both more evident and more ironic.

 John Bolton Says New Chinese Fighter Jet Looks Like F-35 Because They 'Stole' Design

The FC-31 also has two engines, but it does look a bit similar. Only a few prototypes have ever been built and presented over the last 10 years. And this is where, specifically, the similarities with the F-35 fighter jet come – the FC-31 is riddled with numerous and continuous technical issues, so it might, in fact, really be a stolen F-35, since that is also the US fighter jet’s biggest “feature.”

All of these similarities are a result of constraints in shape and form, at the current state of technology and necessity of stealth, they’re not something exclusive that the United States came up with.

Regardless, John Bolton continues with his wild accusations, after claiming that Russia stole its hypersonic technology from the US and is now vastly ahead in terms of it.

“The US and China are having significant differences over trade now,” Bolton said. “It’s not just about the imbalance of exports and imports between the United States and China. … It’s about the fundamental reasons why that imbalance exists.

The ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China further escalated on Friday, when the Chinese State Council said tariffs ranging from 5 to 10 percent would be applied to $75 billion worth of US goods, with some taking effect on September 1 and others on December 15, and a 25-percent duty being introduced on US cars.

Later on Friday, Trump said that Washington would raise the existing tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods to 30 percent from the current rate of 25 percent starting October 1. In addition, the tariffs would be raised to 15 percent from 10 percent on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods starting from September 1.

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  1. The Chinese steamroller and steal any thing. How do you think they have advanced so quickly?

    Their car industry is built on Stolen tech. with upgrades.

    They have stolen Tech from COMPANIES GLOBALLY. Including ones I have been involved with as a SHARE HOLDER.

    You or someone needs to hold them to account. Maybe FINE them and make PAYBACK DAY Reality.

  2. Mark Hobson–there are some additional elements to consider when examining the question of China advanced, technologically, as quickly as they have: Thanks to mr. Bill Clinton, the Loral Corp. provided missile technology to China after a Loral was granted a special waver to do so. As president, Bill Clinton essentially wiped out any strategic advantage the U.S. had by selling advanced U.S. missile technology to our enemy, the People’s Republic of China.

    “That “administration’s voluntary release of all the secrets of America’s nuclear tests, combined with the systematic theft of the secrets that were left as a result of its lax security controls, effectively wiped out America’s technological edge,” David Horowitz writes in the recently published, The Black Book of the American Left Volume 7: The Left in Power: Clinton to Obama.

    Unlike the administrations that preceded it, the Clinton administration accepted millions of dollars from the military and intelligence services of at least one hostile foreign power. All of this was done in exchange for illegal campaign contributions from a massive totalitarian country determined to eclipse the U.S. as a world superpower.

    President Clinton also lifted security controls, allowing thieves to access other vital military technologies, while disarming his own side and opposing needed defenses.

    “One of the key technological breaks China received, without having to spy to get it, was the deliverance of supercomputers once banned from export for security reasons,” writes Horowitz.

    “Supercomputers underpin the technology of nuclear and missile warfare, and not only for firing and controlling the missiles. A supercomputer can simulate a nuclear test and is thus crucial to the development of nuclear warheads. But, according to a Washington Post editorial: ‘In the first three quarters of 1998 nine times as many [supercomputers] were exported [to China] as during the previous seven years.’”

    “This transfer,” he writes, “was authorized three years after the spy thefts were detected. What rationale—besides stupidity, greed, or some other equally indefensible motive—could justify this? What responsible president or administration official, at any relevant level in any government, would allow the massive transfer of national-security assets like these to a dictatorship they knew had stolen their country’s most highly guarded military secrets?”. From a Captial Research article:

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