New satellite images reportedly show that communist China’s military has constructed models of U.S. aircraft carriers in a Chinese desert that are built to represent enemy forces in China’s military exercises.
“The site consists of a single aircraft carrier target, miles from the nearest town in the Xinjiang region, according to photos provided to USNI News by satellite imagery company Maxar,” the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) reported. “The carrier target is about 300 miles away from a larger suspected missile range in the Taklamakan Desert, first reported by USNI News on Sunday. The two sites share similar characteristics and are aligned on a map with the carriers facing the same direction – as if in a convoy. Like the first, this new target shares the same dimensions as a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.”
The USNI added, “Unlike the first, however, this target is not full-scale. It is about half the size of a U.S. Nimitz-class carrier at 173 meters, or 568 feet, in length.”
According to the USNI, it is “clear” that these models are “meant to represent the enemy forces in Chinese exercises.”
“In the Chinese military, the opposing forces are labeled ‘blue,’ while their own are red forces – the opposite of the U.S. and NATO,” the USNI explained. “Placing the targets in the interior allows the entire missile flight to take place over their own territory and gives China greater control of the airspace around the site. Keeping the tests away from the sea ensures that any debris cannot be recovered by other navies in the way it could from the ocean floor. Both factors will make it difficult to gather intelligence on the weapons tests.”
When asked about the news on Monday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the United States is concerned about China’s aggression.
“I think makes it very clear what our understanding of their intentions are, and their capabilities are. And how they’re developing those capabilities and to what ends,” Kirby said. “And clearly, they have invested a lot and particularly air and maritime capabilities that are designed largely to try to prevent the United States from having access to certain areas in the Indo-Pacific.”
China Ready to Meet With Biden Amid Growing Tensions
As tensions are on the rise between the United States and China, President Biden could have a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as soon as next week to discuss cooperation, though a date has not been scheduled, according to Fox News.
As reported by CNBC, “’ Right now, China-U.S. relations are at a critical historical juncture. Both countries will gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Cooperation is the only right choice,’ Xi wrote in a letter read aloud by Chinese ambassador Qin Gang at the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ annual gala.’ Xi continued, ‘Following the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board.’”
President Biden spoke with Xi in September as part of his effort to “manage the competition” between the U.S. and China. Biden emphasized the United States’ “enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” according to a White House report of the conversation.
This report comes as the relationship between the United States and China remains strained due to tensions with trade, coronavirus, allegations of genocide, and military build-up.
On Monday, CBS News reported images of U.S. ships being used for target practice by the People’s Liberation Army. “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing Monday that he had no information about the images, saying ‘I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned.’”
This month, the Pentagon reported that China has been rapidly increasing its nuclear capabilities that appear “designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by midcentury.” According to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, “We are witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed.”
Additionally, China has been reportedly expanding its military flights near Taiwan, “a self-governing island republic claimed by Beijing and which it threatens to annex by force.” Taiwan receives weapons from the U.S. to defend itself against threats. While the U.S. Navy’s presence in the South China Sea remains dominant, China has been increasing the number of vessels in its navy and coast guard in the region.
Since President Biden’s last meeting with President Xi Jinping, many more pressing issues have been placed on the table that are of serious concern regarding U.S.-China relations.
Harris Becomes the Court Jester in Paris
The VP was mocked for appearing to use French accent during Paris visit
Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris took to speaking in a fake French accent while in the company of the French at the Pasteur Institute in Paris on Tuesday. Discussing “ze plan,” Harris received an awkward chuckle from her audience. Maybe Harris thought she was being relatable, or funny, but is donning a phony accent to the people who speak it really appropriate? The Spectator writes, “The vice president of the United States should surely be held to a higher standard.”
According to The Spectator, “the French were already mystified as to what Harris is doing in Paris. The Washington Examiner’s intrepid Katherine Doyle, who spoke to a taxi driver and a restaurant worker for her story on the reaction to the visit, reports that Paris is perplexed.” Possibly even more so now with her attempt to mock their accent. One must wonder if the “woke” crowd will hold her accountable for what many consider to be cultural appropriation.
Harris is visiting Paris during a time when relations have reached “a historic low” after France’s plans to sell submarines to the Australian navy were ruined by a submarine deal between the United States and Britain, according to U.S. News. “President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron the U.S. had been ‘clumsy’ in its handling of the issue,” a word that seems frequently used in the last year regarding the actions of the Biden administration.
Harris will deliver a speech on Thursday at the annual Paris Peace Forum and take part in the Paris Conference on Libya on Friday. Hopefully, she does not attempt to imitate anyone else’s accent and manage to embarrass the United States even more.
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