China not interested in US chopper wreckage: spokesperson

11:19, May 13, 2011      

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Officials in China and Pakistan have flatly ruled out speculation that technology from parts of a US radar-evading helicopter deliberately destroyed after the US unilateral raid that killed Osama bin Laden early this month would be shared for examination.

Responding to a reporter's request to confirm an alleged willingness by Beijing to study the wreckage, Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, said it sounded "absurd," without offering further information.

An anonymous source close to China's military dismissed the possibility that China ever asked Pakistan to share information on the chopper's wreckage, telling the Global Times that such speculation is "groundless."

A press officer with Pakistan's embassy in Beijing, who declined to be named, told the Global Times that "sensationalizing the issue appears to be an attempt by the US media to provoke conflicts between Pakistan and China."

"Pakistan is not going to share any technology, and I don't think our friends in China have shown any interest in doing so," Pakistan's ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani told CNN on Thursday.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is to visit China from Tuesday to Friday, according to the ministry.

Major Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan, a spokesperson for the Inter-Services Public Relations, an administrative military organization within the Pakistan Defense Forces, told the Global Times that local forces in Abbottabad had taken away the wreckage from Bin Laden's compound, but he has no idea where it is located.
Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was not available for comment on Thursday.

The helicopter made a hard landing during the raid that killed Bin Laden, and US Navy commandos destroyed it before departing his compound in Abbottabad, north of Islamabad.

However, photographs of the wrecked helicopter fueled speculation that new features had been added to it to reduce noise or foil radar detection, AFP reported.

Some even postulated that the helicopter, which officials say was a Blackhawk, was an entirely new kind of "stealth" aircraft, with technology that could fall into the hands of China, which is considered an ally of Pakistan, according to AFP.

ABC News said the helicopter's wreckage has apparently become another chip in a tense, high-stakes game of diplomacy between the US and Pakistan following the US's raid.

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Source: Global Times
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