An unidentified Pakistani official told ABC News Tuesday that the Chinese were “very interested” in taking a look at the remains. A second unidentified official went one step further, telling the network, “We might let them [the Chinese] take a look.”
Pakistani officials are hinting that they may let China take a look at the wreckage of the top-secret U.S. helicopter left behind after the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
The comments are the latest move in an ongoing game of political chess being played by the United States and Pakistan, one that is occurring to varying public degrees as officials from both nations use multiple channels to influence public perception both at home and abroad.
Much like most of the tug of war over Bin Laden’s three widows, the suggestion that China may get a firsthand look at the helicopter is taking place in the semi-public reality of an on-background media world, where U.S. and Pakistani officials strike varying posturing without having their names attached to the comments.