Nowadays, America and China are standing against each other on many issues. Many times, the fear of war has also been expressed in both the countries. But do you know that US relations with China have not always been tense. There was a time when the US technically had a big help in upgrading China’s fighter aircraft. Due to this, China was able to strengthen the J-8II fighter aircraft. At the same time, China has today become the biggest challenge for America in the field of defense, trade, diplomacy.
America’s hand in making China strong
Today the Chinese Air Force has a fifth generation J-20 fighter aircraft. Even though China made it by stealing the technology of the US Air Force’s F-35, it has the least power to dodge the radar. Due to this, he keeps on bullying his neighbors in the coming days. The J-8II fighter aircraft, built in collaboration with the US aircraft manufacturer Grumman, is outdated. China has prepared several advanced fighter aircraft, including the J-10 multirole fighter aircraft at present, using the technology of this aircraft.
Sino-US friendship was deepened in 1979
The story of American company Grumman making B-2 bombers in the Chinese J-8II fighter aircraft program began in 1979. At that time the relationship between the US and China was going through a period of consolidation. In the same year, the US government recognized Beijing as the official capital of China and denied Taiwan’s claim to Taipei capital. With this began a new trade and diplomatic relationship between China and America. This new relationship also affected the global arms market.
China became a major buyer of American weapons
China began procuring large amounts of weapons from US companies after the US State Department’s official approval. This is the reason why the Chinese Army still operates many Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk utility helicopters. With the purchase of US weapons, China for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-8 Fighter Aircraft Decided to seek American help in making. China’s fighter aircraft industry, hampered by the impact of Mao’s Cultural Revolution with US cooperation, gained a great deal of strength.
America ready to upgrade J-8
China started building the Shenyang J-8 in the 1960s with Russia’s cooperation. This fighter aircraft was to be built as an interceptor aircraft flying over long distances at high altitudes. The aircraft was developed from the J-7, a compact twin-engine fighter aircraft. Its first prototype flew for the first time in 1969. However, the Chinese Air Force refused to include the aircraft after testing it. This led to the creation of an improved version of this aircraft, the J-8 II. Even then the Chinese Air Force was not completely satisfied.
America gives F-16 technology
After which China approached the US to upgrade this fighter aircraft. During that time, the US declared China to be a big buyer of weapons, helping to upgrade this aircraft. After which a formal military assistance program was launched under the supervision of the US Air Force. The event was nicknamed Peace Pearl. In this aircraft, the US provided the technical technology of F-16 fighter aircraft to China.