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Jan252011

China Refutes Allegations Plane Design Was Stolen

Phot Coutesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- China denied allegations that its J-20 stealth fighter jet had been developed using technology from a downed United States plane.

According to a claim from military officials in the Balkans, parts of a F-117 Nighthawk were allegedly purchased from farmers who discovered the pieces during a wreckage.

The Nighthawk referred to in the claim was downed by a Servian anti-aircraft missile in March 1999. The pilot was ejected and rescued.

China's Ministry of National Defense has refuted the claim, saying the J-20 is a product of Chinese innovation.

The twin-engine plane has drawn international attention for its military advances. It made its first public test flight two weeks ago during U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' trip to China.

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