What would China and America do without their inseparable ally?
They are right, actually. China-Pakistan relations are, indeed, “higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the Indian Ocean and sweeter than honey”. If they need a mascot, they could use a Xerox photocopier. China helps Pakistan with such things as nuclear technology and ballistic missiles. Pakistan, putting its (major, non-NATO) alliance with the United States to good use, returns the favour.
There has been recurring media speculation in recent years that (China’s new J-10) was constructed using information gleaned from a Pakistani-supplied US F-16 and technological details of Israel’s scrapped Lavi fighter. [ISN]
Another age, another aircraft, same game.
â€œIn July 1968 an intelligence source revealed that Chinese technicians had been allowed to examine US-provided F-104 aircraft at Pakistanâ€™s Sargodha Air Base and to collect F-104 spare parts and material samples which were taken back to China for analysis,â€ Denney wrote to then-secretary of state Dean Rusk. [The Vietnam war doublecross]
Related Link: Joe Katzman describes how India pulled its weight with Russia and has spoilt the Pakistan-China party on JF-17, for now.