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Copies of US warships filmed in the Chinese desert – 08/11/2021 at 14:39

Satellite image of an aircraft carrier in the shape of an aircraft carrier in the Taklamagan Desert in western China on November 8, 2021 by US company Maxer (satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies / Handout)

Satellite image of an aircraft carrier in the shape of an aircraft carrier in the Taklamagan Desert in western China on November 8, 2021 by US company Maxer (satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies / Handout)

According to satellite images from US sources, China has created images in the middle of the desert that appear to be replicas of US warships stationed in the Pacific.

The images, taken by US satellite company Maxar Technologies last month and sent to AFP on Sunday, show these life-size structures, at least in the form of an aircraft carrier and another in the shape of a wreck. In the Taklamagan Desert in the Xinjiang region of western China.

The United States Naval Institute (USNI) reported that one of them was mounted on the rail, and some appeared to be two-dimensional, while others appeared to be more sophisticated.

“An analysis of the history of satellite imagery shows that the aircraft carrier system was first built between March and April 2019,” the company said in a statement.

On November 8, 2021, the US company Maxer unveiled a life-size structure in the form of an eraser in the Taklamagan Desert in western China (Satellite Image © 2021 Maxar Technologies / Guide)

On November 8, 2021, the US company Maxer unveiled a life-size structure in the form of an eraser in the Taklamagan Desert in western China (Satellite Image © 2021 Maxar Technologies / Guide)

“It has undergone several renovations and was partially removed in December 2019. The site was revived at the end of September this year and the structure was substantially completed in early October,” the report quoted the intelligence agency as saying. The AllSource Analysis area has been used to test ballistic missiles in the past.

When asked about the footage, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenpin responded Monday, “I don’t know about the situation.”

According to a Pentagon report on the Chinese military released last week, Beijing is currently engaged in a major effort to modernize its weapons, equipped with weapons capable of neutralizing US warships in the event of a regional conflict.

The Pentagon says the DF-21D missile has a range of more than 1,500 kilometers, and is “capable of conducting precision long-range attacks against ships, including aircraft carriers, operating from the mainland of China into the western Pacific.”

According to US Admiral Philip Davidson, the Chinese military deployed the missiles during training, “sending a vague message to world and regional views”.

Satellite image released by US company Maxer on November 8, 2021, forming an eraser-shaped lifeline on the tracks near a hangar in the Taklamagan Desert in western China (Satellite Image © 2021 Maxar Technologies / Handout)

Satellite image released by US company Maxer on November 8, 2021, forming an eraser-shaped lifeline on the tracks near a hangar in the Taklamagan Desert in western China (Satellite Image © 2021 Maxar Technologies / Handout)

Before the U.S. Senate in March, the Admiral underscored that, according to him, the use of these missiles during military exercises demonstrated the Chinese military’s willingness to confront any Third Forces intervention during a regional crisis.

The U.S. Navy continues to operate around the South China Sea and Taiwan, annoying Beijing, which is seeking sovereignty over the island.

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