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China and Argentina to jointly produce new fighter jets

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in early may several media outlets reported that a chinese delegation visited argentina to discuss a major arms deal the agreement could be a game changer for argentina and south america’s arms market according to reports the two governments discuss the possibility of selling argentina sino-pakistan jf-17 fighter jets if the deal goes ahead this will be the most advanced fighter jet offered by china to the region and could pave the way for future arms deals with other south american countries in 2015 argentina tried to acquire swedish jazz 39 group and fighter jets but sweden backed down from the sale due to pressure from london south korea also withdrew its offer to sell argentina fighter jets due to pressure from the united kingdom even the fact that the ejector seat on the jf-17 is built by a uk company has been a point of contention the fact that china is willing to jointly produce the jf-17 and share its technology with argentina further sweetens the deal argentina has long preferred agreements that allow for technology transfers in an effort to strengthen its defence industry both nations are also negotiating licensing for argentina to produce chinese helicopters and armoured vehicles while some argentinian politicians and some sectors in the military have objected to close military cooperation with china they have not come up with any alternatives all branches of the argentinian military not just the air force are in urgent need of modernization if the deal goes ahead the jf-17 project could lay the ground for china’s emergence as a major weapons supplier in a region once dominated by the united states yet beijing’s strategy of financial flexibility with argentina goes beyond weapons argentina is the second largest country in latin america and a member of the g20 the country’s large and sparsely populated territory is rich in natural resources in march argentinian media citing sources in the president’s office reported that china and argentina were negotiating 15 infrastructure projects worth 30 billion u.s dollars chinese companies have invested an estimated 15 billion u.s dollars in the country’s oil sector argentina is also a major source of agricultural exports including soybeans to china


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