Satellite images showed that the Chinese army built models of American aircraft carriers, possibly for use as training targets in the deserts of Xinjiang province (west of the country), according to the news website of the US Naval Institute .
The website reported that satellite images reveal the presence of models of an American aircraft carrier and at least two guided missile destroyers of the “Arleigh Burke” class, built in what appears to be a new training complex in the Taklamakan desert.
And the website of the US Naval Institute quoted the geospatial intelligence company AllSource Analysis, saying that “the complex is used to test ballistic missiles.”
And last Thursday, the US Department of Defense warned that China is expanding its nuclear weapons capabilities faster than expected.
A Pentagon report revealed that China “intends to have at least 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030, exceeding the pace projected by the Department of Defense in 2020”.
The report also notes that China is building at least three silos, likely to contain “hundreds” of new ICBMs.
The Ministry of Defense said in its report that “China is investing in and expanding a number of land, sea and air nuclear weapons platforms, and is establishing the necessary infrastructure, to support this significant expansion of its nuclear forces.”
The website of the US Naval Institute stated that these satellite models reflect China’s efforts to build capabilities to confront aircraft carriers, especially against the US Navy, with continued tension with Washington over Taiwan and the South China Sea.
According to satellite images, there are several straight poles at the site, and there may be devices used for radar reflectors on them.
The site contains an extensive rail system, as a photo taken on October 9 by the company “Maxar” showed two structures, each 75 meters long and 6 meters wide, according to Bloomberg .
This is not the first “American aircraft carrier” on display in China, as in 2003 the People’s Liberation Army built a concrete deck the size of a Nimitz-class ship and repeatedly launched missile strikes against it.
These pictures come in light of the escalating tension between the United States and China over Taiwan, which Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to annex to his country.
The Chinese president cut off all official contacts with Taipei after the election of President Tsai Ing-wen five years ago, and increased economic, diplomatic and military pressure.
Last October, US President Joe Biden confirmed that the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if China launched an attack on the island, which it considers an integral part of its territory.
Beijing has intensified its military activities near Taiwan, the self-ruled island that is a democratic ally of Washington, while China considers it a province of its own and vows to reunite it with the mainland.