U.S. Lawmaker: China Got Stealth Technology from Russia

By Jon E. Dougherty at 19 Jan 2011

(Newsroom America) -- A U.S. lawmaker says China got the technology to build its first known stealth fighter from Russia, adding that Beijing remains "a concern" in a dangerous world.

"My understanding is that they built it on information that they received from Russia, from a Russian plane, that they were able to copy," said House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif.

McKeon said he hoped to be able to "hear more" on the issue from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who arrived in China for a visit Jan. 10, shortly after a test-flight of the Chinese plane, which is desinated the J-20.

Gates was in China when state media published photographs of the aircraft in flight in the southwest part of the country.

McKeon made his statements after being asked if China were able to obtain stealth technology through cyber-espionage.

"We need to be looking at China, we need to be looking at North Korea, we need to be looking at Iran," said McKeon, who is skeptical of Gates' plans to reduce military spending.

"That's what really concerns me when I look at the cuts, the potential cuts, that they're talking about for the defense budget. This is not a safe world," he said.

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