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John Bolton Accuses China Of “Stealing” F-35 Fighter Jet

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John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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On August 28th, US National Security Adviser and avid war enthusiast John Bolton made some more astounding statements – this time regarding China stealing the F-35.

Over the last few days Bolton was visiting Kiev, Ukraine and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and other officials.

During the press conference before departing, he accused China of “stealing” the F-35, saying that the newest fifth generation Chinese fighter jet looked exactly the same.

He said that this was cause for concern.

“We are concerned about the departure of military technology to China. For example, we see a fifth-generation Chinese fighter that looks a lot like the F-35. Because this is the F-35. By and large, they just stole it,” Bolton said during the press conference.

Now, China has one 5th generation fighter jet that is in service – the J-20. Here are some pictures to see what it looks like.

John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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It would, quite honestly, take quite a bit of imagination to say that the J-20 looks a lot like the F-35. Yes, they are both fighter jets and these tend to have a relatively similar appearance, but even the very first ever fighter jet the Messerschmitt Me 262 – a German one has some resemblance, to even the 5th generation ones.

One could deem it that the US, Russia, China and every country operating such a combat aircraft simply just stole it from Germany, if absurdity is what one is after, of course. Obviously, it’s a much older aircraft, but it has all the essentials to make it a fighter jet.

John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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Regardless, here is the F-35. An observer, who wishes to see things as how they are, and not as how they want them to be would see that: the F-35 is much smaller than the J-20, has only one engine and has prominent nose canards.

John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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Another possible aircraft that Bolton could be referring to is the Chinese Shenyang FC-31 (also known as the J-31) stealth fighter jet.

John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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Specifically, the FC-31 also has two engines, but it does look a bit similar. Only a few prototypes have ever been built and presented over the last 10 years. And this is where, specifically, the similarities with the F-35 fighter jet come – the FC-31 is riddled with numerous and continuous technical issues, so it might, in fact, really be a stolen F-35, since that is also the US fighter jet’s biggest “feature.”

It also could be that Bolton was told, or prepared some sort of accusation, but got his names wrong. Since here is a side-by-side picture of the FC-31 and the F-22, which look somewhat similar.

John Bolton Accuses China Of "Stealing" F-35 Fighter Jet

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All of these similarities are a result of constraints in shape and form, at the current state of technology and necessity of stealth, they’re not something exclusive that the United States came up with.

Regardless, John Bolton continues with his wild accusations, after claiming that Russia stole its hypersonic technology from the US and is now vastly ahead in terms of it.

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