Reports: Pakistan let Chinese inspect U.S. stealth copter
The U.S. stealth copter crashed in Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound.
August 15th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Reports: Pakistan let Chinese inspect U.S. stealth copter

[Updated at 12:02 p.m.] Chinese military engineers likely got to examine the wreckage of the U.S. stealth helicopter that crashed during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, according to news reports.

"We have reason to suspect China was given access, but we cannot confirm it definitively.  We have strong suspicions," a U.S. official told CNN.

Pakistani intelligence operatives likely gave the Chinese access to the wreckage, the New York Times reported, citing American officials and other intelligence sources.

The Chinese engineers were able to photograph the wreckage and take samples of the stealth skin that helps the chopper avoid radar detection, intelligence sources told the Financial Times.

When the aircraft crashed during the raid that killed the al Qaeda leader in May, Navy SEALs destroyed most of it to protect the technology. But the tail section remained mostly intact and it was that area that the Chinese engineers examined, according to the New York Times report.

U.S. intelligence is basing its opinion that the Chinese got access to the stealth copter on intercepted phone conversations, the Times reported.

A U.S. official says “we have reason to suspect China was given access but we cannot confirm it definitively. We have strong suspicions.”

Pakistani officials contacted by the New York Times refused comment on the matter. The Financial Times said a Pakistani official denied the accusations.

Both newspapers noted that China and Pakistan enjoy a longstanding military relationship.

The raid that killed bin Laden, staged without informing Pakistan, stoked tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan.

In July, the U.S. said it was withholding $800 million in aid to Pakistan.

"They've taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we're giving to the military, and we're trying to work through that," White House Chief of Staff William Daley said at the time.

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  1. pZIG98

    Not to worry, Sensitive equipment would have been removed and or destroyed... Nothing left but burnt and twisted metal and some questions without answers.... Next subject...

    August 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. db

    Isn't that enough reason to cancel all foreign aid to Packistan? When you cross the USA you lose. Tell them to reapply for foreign aid from the Chinese now and see how far they get.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    EVERTHING ABOUT CHINA IS SO BOOTLEGGED AND FAKE. THE NAME CHINA ALONE CONJURES UP WORDS LIKE FAKENESS, CHEATS, COPYCATS, BOOTLEG, HYPOCRITES, THIEVES.......

    WHAT A FAKE COUNTRY. ITS PEOPLE ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Stop yelling. All caps is very dumb.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    India has been two facing us for decades.
    Long standing defence pacts with former USSR & now Russia, acquisition of massive armament and nuclear tech from them, cooperation in every field.
    They always try to twist our arm into giving them our top of the line tech including nuclear & arms. Playing the Chinese threat.
    We should be wary of them especially as their human rights record in Kashmir is damning.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rad7

      So says a Pakistani whose country was caught harboring Osama bin Laden and at the same time siphoning off millions of dollars from US & now selling US military secrets to the main rival of US – China. (You are still talking about USSR & Russia? Seriously? ) Who are you fooling?

      August 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yash(US-India)

      Luks like anthr Paki tryn 2 act like an American. India nevr had a strategic involvment wid Russians but imported d weapons' tech and some weapons n dat too for takng care of ourselves frm d agrsive Chinese n kick d balls of Pakisthan whn it tried 2 grab India's land. I'm living in US right now(wil be here fa another yr) and I am truly impressed by d ppl here n their mentalities (atleat wid those whom I came across). My sincere wish to the God is that ...Good people (who evr thy r-US,Chinese,Pakisthanis,Indians) must b happy and d bad must b punished.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. engrehsanktk@yahoo.com

    JF 27 Stealth Fighter ....A symbol of Pak China Friendhsip.....Launching Ceremony 14th August 2012!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bluemax77

    Wow..!! How shocking and yet, how expected...!!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sheisugly

    So, will they call their version of the heli, Red Dragon or Blueberry Pie?

    August 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jerseybb

    I am wondering people cursing Pakistan for allowing Chinese to examine the rubble of American Chopper, important question is , why the 'american' rubble was in 'pakistan' anyway ?

    August 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • HA25

      Um – have you been living in a cave for 10 years?

      August 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • scrfuuumbuy

      Then you need to read more news.

      BTW The implication of your tone is that people involved give a rats-ass about Pakistan and being fair. The world isn't fair and Pakistan needs to get smacked down so they won't disrespect us in the future.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith Long

      Last I heard they were there to kill a terrorist. Why do you have a problem with That?

      August 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TigerLily1945

    With friends like this who needs enemies....... We need to get out of this country and stop kidding ourselves that we are making a difference. The money we send them would help shore up our countries security on every inch of our borders. We are the being made the laughing stock of the world for our own stupidity......... If I can see this why can't our government see this............ Let these countries kill themselves and defend themselves .... or better yet let China defend their interest .............

    August 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    It was built in China like everything else. So they already have the blue prints. LOL!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JustClownin

    DUH...they're kissing up to what they hope is the next superpower, since they know we're on to their traitorous games!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @ db
    utter non sense.
    We call Pakistan an ally . They have lost 30000 people and counting in our war on terror for siding with us. They are the front line state in this war on terror we are waging in Afghanistan.
    As long as we continue waging war in Afghanistan we need Pakistan.
    Although we have been facing the consequences of abandoning those we then called" 'mujahideens' in Afghanistan and pakistan who drove the Soviets out of Afghanistan for us.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chandler, usa

    so, they found the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. next

    August 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. noname

    cut off the money to Pakistan for good.
    Let them eat cake

    August 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. YSK

    CHINA'S ECONOMY IS BOOOOMING WHILE THAT OF THE USA IS GOING DOWN......... HAHAHA....... ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE SURPASS AMERICA AS WORLD'S NO 1 COUNTRY....... HAHAHA...... AND BY THE WAY AMERICA'S ECONOMY IS GOING DOWN, IN A FEW YEARS AMERICA WILL BE THE NEW THIRD WORLD COUNTRY............ HAHAHA

    August 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • enricorosan

      Nonsense ! The chinese rely too much on exports and they consume not enough by far to maintain their manufacturing sector which exports mostly to the U.S . If the U.S goes down so does the Chinese economy. Don't kid yourselves about it. It is in your DNA to save as much as you can and spend little. Already, unemployment in China is booming and companies are not registering any profit to be proud of. According to the latest statistics the Chinese don't make a full cent on the dollar. You just keep working to keep busy ....Good luck China man. You will always be at the mercy of Western economies.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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