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China snatches its teeth on Taiwan in counterfeit US warship targets in Xinjiang | World news

A month after China breached Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) with as many as 56 fighters and nuclear bombers, the PLA has now built missile targets in the form of US supercarriers and destroyers in the Xinjiang desert, according to a Nov. 7 report. in News from the United States Naval Institute (USNI).

While US President Joe Biden has publicly announced his commitment to defend Taiwan from Chinese invasions, the new mock-up targets demonstrate the PLA’s seriousness in integrating democratic Taiwan with communist mainland China.

While the mock-up targets could be part of China’s extensive disinformation campaign, President Xi Jinping has made it clear that China will not give up Taiwan at any cost.

According to USNI News, the Chinese military has been training on structures in the form of US aircraft carriers and other warships. The complex is being built in the Taklamakan Desert in southwestern Xinjiang province, the news channel further reported, based on photos provided by satellite imaging company Maxar.

This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows a target depicting an aircraft carrier.  (AFP photo)
This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows a target depicting an aircraft carrier. (AFP photo)

Two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are also part of the target range, according to USNI News. It is located near a former target range that China used to test early versions of its DF-21D (called carrier killer) and DF 26-R (also called Guam killer) ballistic missiles.

It added that the new facility is showing signs of advanced instrumental target range.

However, the targets do not have intricate details of the carrier, such as elevators and weapon sensors. The aircraft carrier replicas don’t have the metal either, but the outlines that appear in Maxar’s images clearly depict the target as a naval vessel.

One of the recent images, taken by Maxar on October 9, shows a 75-meter-long target with extensive instrumentation.

The facility also has an extensive rail system, according to USNI News.

This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows a railway station and storage building in Ruoqiang Province in the Taklamakan Desert.  (AFP photo)
This satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows a railway station and storage building in Ruoqiang Province in the Taklamakan Desert. (AFP photo)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing Monday that he had no information about the images, saying: “I am not aware of the situation you mentioned.”

Asked about the mock-ups, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the US is still concerned about China’s “increasing coercive behavior” in the Indo-Pacific region.

Ties between China and the US have been quietly improving in recent months, but the two countries are sparring over Taiwan and in Washington, concerns over Beijing’s nuclear arsenal are mounting. In a sign of how heated the rhetoric about Taiwan has become, Chinese state media last week had to tame online speculation about a possible war.

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