Demonstration flights by the new J-31 fighter jet – China’s second new radar-evading warplane – were a key feature at a major arms show in Zhuhai, located near Macau, on Monday.
The J-31 flights coincided with President Obama’s visit to Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting. In a speech and meetings with Chinese leaders, Obama called on China to curtail cyber theft of trade secrets.
China obtained secrets from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter through cyber attacks against a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin. The technology has shown up in China’s first stealth jet, the J-20, and in the J-31. Both of the jets’ design features and equipment are similar to those of the F-35.
Meanwhile, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters in Beijing Tuesday that Obama would press China’s leader Xi Jinping to curb Chinese cyber espionage.
And China responded by rubbing Obama’s face in it. Because that’s what tyrannies do to weak foreigners who come whining to them and asking them to play nice.