I'm reminded of when I worked in a restaurant that proudly boasted on the brunch menu of its "fresh-squeezed, homemade orange juice". We were instructed to lie if questioned and say that "yes, we make it right in our kitchen". The customers were supposed to believe that we might have just squeezed the oranges for their glass right then and there. In truth, it was SYSCO's food-service orange juice. Nothing fresh-squeezed about it. I refused to lie about this on the several occasions that I was asked; I would say "sure, it's fresh squeezed in a factory a few hundred miles away, frozen, and we thawed it." People loved that. I'm a bad employee I guess, you can't trust me to tell blatant lies to your customers.
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- China on Friday hailed the development of its Jian-10 fighter jet, aircraft engines and air-to-air missiles as a sign it had soared into the top levels of aerospace defense technology.
China "has become the world's fourth country that is capable of developing on its own advanced fighter planes, engines and missiles," Geng Ruguang, deputy general manager of China Aviation Industry Corp., was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.
Geng made the comments at a news conference in Beijing on Friday where the state-run aerospace company, known as AVIC I, unveiled a model of the Jian-10, Xinhua said.
It didn't name the other three countries ranked alongside China, although analysts said Geng was likely referring to France, Russia and the United States, all leading exporters of high-tech military aircraft.
Geng's announcement seemed intended to underscore the growing sophistication of China's domestic arms industry, which has struggled following the imposition of a ban on weapons sales by the United States and European Union.
It also reflects China's attempts to develop homegrown technology and intellectual property to avoid paying licensing fees to foreign companies.
Iran's frequent boasting that their nuclear technology is "home-grown" is another example of protesting too much. It's obviously not home-grown, or you wouldn't need hundreds of Russian and Chinese technicians on your soil, doing all the work for you.