“At present, our country has completely obtained the six key technologies [used in the American F-35], making us the only country after the U.S. that has completely obtained these advanced technologies.” – Washington Times
China recently announced that they had “obtained” cutting edge avionics for their fighter planes. It just so happens that the gear they “obtained” was the sole property of the USA, until now. Not satisfied with merely stealing our tech, Beijing seems hell-bent on rubbing our faces in it; why else would they make this claim?
In an article written on January 20th, the communist party mouthpiece, the Global Times, lauded the fact that their jets shared technology that only American planes had before. They noted that only the top of the line US F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting possess the same technology as the Chinese J-20, which ironically enough is a shameless knockoff of our F-22 Raptor, as photos at Gizmodo show.
China’s Replica of the US Warbird
We could have hoped that this Chinese fighter was nothing but a cheap replica of our warbird. Another made-in-China product that only looks like the original but was a quality disaster. Apparently this is untrue of China’s J-20 fighter. Not only have they copied our design, but according to the Global Times, China has snatched the guts of the plane as well.
The communist party mouthpiece penned an article saying “Six of (the US) F-35’s Crucial Technologies Have All Been Obtained by China; J-20 Epitomizes All the Six Technologies”. The article then goes on to list those purloined goodies: diverterless supersonic inlet, an electro-optical distributed aperture system, an electro-optical targeting system, an AVEN nozzle, and a fire-control array radar system.
Sure, the communist party in Beijing did not admit to lifting the know-how from us, but they don’t have to. What else could the word “obtained” mean? It is illegal for US firms to sell or transfer such know-how to China due to laws governing the sale of military hardware. This being the case, then how did China go about obtaining these things? If they couldn’t purchase them legally, then they must have stolen it all.
Beijing’s comment does nothing less than admit that they targeted our game changing gear and then went out and successfully stole it. Why else would they make such a claim? After all, when you own the most advanced avionics, you don’t go around saying,”Hey only two of us have this stuff.” You brag about your indigenous innovation and capabilities, but as we have seen, innovation is something China is very short on.
In fact, cloning fighters, albeit semi-successfully, is something the PRC has made an art of. Moscow has said this about the quality of a Chinese made knockoff of a Russian fighter jet: “The Chinese J-15 clone is unlikely to achieve the same performance characteristics of the Russian Su-33 carrier-based fighter.”
China’s History of Tech Robbery
Although it is common knowledge that China’s military is notorious for stealing, copying and using foreign tech, up to now Beijing had firmly denied such claims. For example, in 2011 a Chinese pilot bragged that the J-20 had revolutionary technological breakthroughs which were developed in China. The communist party concurred and claimed that these advances were achieved through indigenous capabilities. Beijing said that theft had nothing to do with the Chinese air force upgrading their weapons systems, even though proof to the contrary was well documented.
Aside from China foraging throughout Serbia, scabbing up parts of a downed F-117 Nighthawk in order to build their own stealth fighter, they produced planes nearly identical to our own. When asked why the Chinese fighter was almost identical to its US equivalent in shape and looked like a clone, a Chinese capo said it was merely a coincidence. He went on to say that the people of China were insulted that we had unjustly accused them of taking our designs. Be that as it may, it is a proven fact that the Chinese have been basing their war capabilities on pilfered designs and avionics.
Perhaps Beijing is now dropping the whole “We made it ourselves” charade and getting real. Their proclamation quoted above says as much.
China Is Stealing Us Blind
China’s theft of US know-how is epic. It is the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind, and it’s not slowing down at all. Armed with hackers, students studying in the USA, immigrants and even co-opted ethnic Chinese, they have set out to gobble up our most sensitive goodies. And the theft is paying off.
Due in great part to this espionage, China has leapfrogged from a backwards gaggle of ‘okies to a real nuclear threat. More disturbingly, the Chinese are now pointing that stolen tech right back at us while they threaten us with war.
An ever belligerent Beijing has made outrageous claims on the territory around them. As we speak, advanced Chinese fighters armed with stolen US tech threaten our planes in airspace that China has no legitimate legal claim to. As if that were not enough, they have now expanded their claims to the South China Sea, which also flies in the face of international law. China’s aggressive presence is metastasizing across the lands of its neighbors as we speak.
“According to experts, the Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize Zhongye Island [from the Philippines] and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea. ” – Consortium of Defense Analysts
Beijing’s hostility is growing by the day and they now have gone as far as telling us: “Yes we have tour tech- the good stuff.”
But why would they do such a thing? Why offend their biggest trading partner?
One answer could be that China is pushing for war and they are warning us off.
Their economy is slipping and foreign firms have found out that doing in business in China is not as easy as it used to be. Due to policies embraced by communist party secretary general (and president) comrade Xi Jinping, foreign firms have been excoriated and abused. In light of these facts, those firms have shipped production out of China. This exodus will hurt the Chinese economy, a thing Beijing greatly fears.
“Close relatives of China’s top leaders have held secretive offshore companies in tax havens that helped shroud the Communist elite’s wealth…include details of a real estate company co-owned by current President Xi Jinping’s brother-in-law…Wen Jiabao’s son and also by his son-in-law.” – ICIJ
Aside from this, the communist party is concerned about their tenuous grip on control. People across China are clamoring for a revolution; they are fed up. They know the party has served itself in grand fashion, but the rest of China has gotten stuck with the bill. Ninety percent of all Chinese millionaires and billionaires are communist party members and those same people have salted away from $1 trillion to $4 trillion in offshore accounts in just the past thirteen years. Prior to this, those same communist party members had allegedly stolen from hundreds of billions to trillions of dollars since China’s opening up and reform.
“Nearly 22,000 offshore clients with addresses in mainland China …Among them are some of China’s most powerful men and women — including at least 15 of China’s richest, members of the National People’s Congress and executives from state-owned companies entangled in corruption scandals.”
Such wealth accumulation would be great if it were spread out equally, but it is not. Affluent Chinese make as much as African chauffeurs and 300 million people live on $2 day. Aside from this, China’s income disparity is at toxic levels.
All those challenges, coupled with the fact that China cannot feed its people have created the perfect storm for a revolution. It is one thing to breathe soot if you have a few nickles bouncing around in your pockets and a belly full of rice, but as I said, many Chinese do not even have that.
Continue to Part II of this series.