原文标题：Kalam’s visit to China aviation centre scrapped
BEIJING: Hours before former President A P J Abdul Kalam was to visit China’s top aviation body, he was told of a change in plans. He would visit the China Academy of Space Technology instead.
The last-minute change has sparked off speculation whether the cancellation was connected to China’s wariness over its new stealth fighter, the J-31, launched just ahead of Kalam’s visit.
Kalam, 82, an acclaimed aviation engineer, came on his first-ever visit to China on November 1, when pictures of the stealth fighter on its 11-minute flight test were flashed. Chinese officials said it was an improvised and lighter version of the J-20, launched about two years ago.
This made China the second country after the US to acquire the stealth bomber.
Kalam was in China on the invitation of Beijing Forum, an intellectual body sponsored by the Chinese government. He was scheduled to visit the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) on November 2, where he was to be given a detailed presentation. Instead, he was taken to the space academy, the premier body in charge of China’s burgeoning space programme.
While Chinese officials were tight-lipped, analysts wondered whether AVIC wanted to avoid exposure of the J-31 to India’s top defence and aviation specialist. Kalam was closely connected with the Defence Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
Not someone to complain, Kalam made good of his visit to the academy of space technology, where he was given a detailed presentation about China’s successful manned spaceflights, including the one this year, sending its first woman astronaut to the space station being built to rival Russia’s Mir, currently being jointly manned with the US. Top officials also evinced interest in collaboration for a space solar power mission with India.
Kalam, in turn, highlighted the advances made by India in space technology, especially in putting heavier satellites into orbit. Isro is also working on its Mars Orbiter Mission set for next year.
Kalam left for India on Saturday after the three-day visit.
Tp Radhakrishnan (Washington DC)
May be China thought that Dr Kalam may advice India to replicate the manufacture of stealth bombers! His proposed visit to the Chinese Aviation center might have been cancelled for obvious reasons, but our scientific brains do not need replicating the system from China; we can do it on our own!
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raj john (sj)
Chinese j 31 is junk fighter….Chinese are genetically paronoid people , as they feel inferior by ,looks,,,,,brain, and size of the thing…….. and color.who in this world has yellow color when they see that other human look totally different than there face,,they feel ashamed……. and they feel paranoid……. ….Just as a good looking man is confident .. chinese have opposite view……
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Pradosh (India) replies to Tp Radhakrishnan
I agree that they are paranoid but how can you say that J-31 is a junk fighter. They haven’t revealed anything about this aircraft yet.
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cabpgupta04 Prasad Gupta (GHAZIABAD)
CHINESE DIDNOT WANT TO EXPOSE THEMSELVES TOMUCH.
This shows China is wooried about Kalam’s ability to take down details even from a presentation.
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Dinesh Prabhakar (delhi)
Makes no difference for Kalam, China never lags behind in showing its true colours!
In my opinion it is better for India and China to develop close relationship else US one day is going to use the bitterness between the neighbors to is advantage. Just see India-Pakistan, Iran-Iraq, Koreas, China-Japan, Vietnams and so on. Please note this point. US is not a super power but a cunning fox.
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sumant padhi (orissa)
Indian media is known for twisting news so why take undue risk..
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Maa Kasam (Sydney)
God knows where he gets this energy from at this age.. 82 years and people retire for good but there is no stopping Kalam.. Unfortunate that India doesn’t have him as the President however fortunate that apart from India the rest of the world still looks him as President..Infact higher than President !!
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R D X (India)
What ever said and done these Chinese have made almost everything. They mad aircraft, fighter jets etc and are exporting the same to different countries. Where as we Indians started the project of aircraft and fighter jets years back and have just recently started producing it.the time lost and the funds lost is too much. all becoz of these politicians and the so called gods of public service (bureaucratic A## holes)
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China has got a peculiar way in conducting its diplomatic activities against India in particular. It is not that Mr Kalam (a very noble person) will be able to or ever will have the intention of acquiring the secret information of Chinese aviation centre of j31. The last minute cancellation is just to humiliate India by showing disrespect to its top scientist . Conversely India would not only have allowed Chinese SPY in the disguise of a high level delegate to visit places of high security but also explained the technicality in detail .
Nel (Australia) replies to jyotimukho
No, India does not even allow Chinese journalists to go to an Indian airshow so China letting an Indian scientist into its most advanced space center is very unbalanced.
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William DSouza. (Mangalore)
Indian Ruling Politicians are most interested in filling their pockets and remain in power. Whereas the Chinese politicians are determined to make their nation as number one…. Wake Up Indian Politicians….think of our Nation…
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PRADEEP MANOHAR (Sharjah)
The Chinese seem to have developed cold feet at the last minute and maybe ” last minute jitters ” …………..
Chinese are more sensible than many of our so called intellectuals and leaders. They never create scenes where suspicious stories can be developed.
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Why change?? A person like Kalam, can go any where, any sensitive place, even in China. Chinese are very secrative for everything but they didnot mind inviting Kalam there. Probabaly, Indian goverment was afraid that, Cinese stealth fighters will get publicity but does it matter? If China has it, who stopped Indian government? Government action is a bouncer to me.
What china want to avoid Kalam to get a glace over their fighter : They are afraid of story of super computers that Kalam went with former prime minister Rajivee Ghandi in US . When US showed uneasiness to give a powerful supercomputer to India made by IBM , Kalam asked our former prime Minister to give a chance to do a technical dialogue with IBM people over their super computer when prime minister meeting with IBM chief . The story goes like that after discussing technical aspect of super computer , Kalam asked PM to drop the plan and make our self with a design he made after the discussion . The fear Kalam haunts Chinese and we are all proud of it . Congress party and CPM tried to make be little Dr. Kalam while BJP respected his as our nations distinguished scientist
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R.K. Basu (Delhi)
The Chinese bought these planes from their Israeli allies but may be after 2 decades they might genuinely fly.
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Maniam Krs (Us)
This is certainly a compliment to Kalam. The Chinese acknowledge that a personal overall viewing by him,,he would grasp their technology implemented!? Our Govt. should learn to give the due to our scientist and technocrats.
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Asoke Sen (Iselin,New Jersey)
Perhaps the erudition of Dr. Kalam has scared the Chinese,thereby prompting them to cancel his scheduled visit to AVIC,understanding fully well that this extraordinarily gifted scientist from India would read a lot from whatever little he is allowed to see inside the aviation complex.
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Satyajit Meka (Hyderabad)
China! he is not such a crook-minded than you. Let it be it doesn’t matter to him. It matters to us, A people’s President, An inspiration to all our Indians and a humane being. It is your privilege being his presence on your soil.
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