Satellite images suggest China is practicing missile strikes in Taiwan and Guam


A recent satellite image of the Chinese military practice Missile attacks on ships and targets similar to those operated by Taiwanese and U.S. forces on Taiwan and the U.S. territory of Guam; South China Morning Post (SCMP) was reported on Thursday.

The Hong Kong-based newspaper reported on May 12 that “recent satellite imagery shows that the Chinese military has improved its anti-ship missile training, from large targets the size of aircraft carriers to small ships and naval bases.”

“They show the training base. [China’s western region of] The remote Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang with the layout of model ships anchored at naval bases similar to other targets in northeastern Taiwan and Guam” SCMP The details cited analysis by Taipei-based naval experts.

Nonprofit United States Naval Research Institute (USNI) website report In a May 11 satellite image, the Chinese military reviewed the image and determined that it would “honor its ship-destroying skills for potential future clashes against new targets in remote deserts.”

Based on the latest satellite imagery of the Taklamakan desert, the USNI has shown that “the target points form a series of large target ranges running along the eastern edge of the desert… some of these are naval and two modeled ships in port.” It has a layout that looks like it did.”

According to the USNI, “the nature, location and attack of this site all suggest that the target is for testing ballistic missiles.”

The Chinese military has recently stepped up military training and actions to threaten nearby Taiwan. The independent island state is claimed by Beijing in part because of its strategic location along the junction of the East and South China Seas. China’s ruling Communist Party I swore to “unify“Taiwan, just off the southeast coast of China, has been plagued by recurrent verbal threats over the past few years. This belligerent rhetoric has laid the groundwork for a growing number of tactics used by Chinese troops to harass Taiwan over the past few months. As part of this threat campaign, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) of China has ordered air strikes almost daily through Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), most recently arrangement On May 11, a Chinese military aircraft entered the sensitive area.

Although the US government does not maintain official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, Washington support Informal relations with the democratically elected government of Taipei. The US Navy often commands ships to: sail It shows solidarity with a small but politically and economically important island nation through the Taiwan Strait that separates Taiwan from China.

On August 27, 2021, the United States Coast Guard, along with the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG), during routine transit through the Taiwan Strait, in file photo provided by legendary U.S. Coast Guard National Security Agent Monroe (WMSL 755). are doing 100). The United States and China are escalating a language war over Taiwan in a long-simmering conflict that has profound implications for power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. (US Coast Guard via AP, File)

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