China’s Building Fake US Ships, Seemingly for Target Practice

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Target Practice

According to Reuters, China's military made mockups of US Navy aircraft carriers, warships and other ships in an apparent attempt to practice for targets.

It is a worrying finding that tensions between the world powers are already high due to economic skirmishes as well as military kerfuffles. All this with the backdrop of two small but powerful countries.

According to Reuters, Maxar Technologies satellite imagery company has captured images showing at least one outline of a US aircraft carrier, two missile destroyers, and a possible target rage area in the Taklamakan Desert.

Another rail system with a width of just under 20 feet appears to be used to simulate moving vessels.



In the past, this site was used for missile testing. CBS reports that the mockups were part a target range created by the People's Liberation Army.

Military Buildout

This news comes as a result of satellite images that suggested China was building over 100 missile silos in the desert area near Yumen, northwest China. This is a worrying sign that China might be expanding its nuclear arsenal.

According to recent reports, China may be developing a hypersonic weapon. Officials in the US were shocked by the fact the missile was allegedly seen orbiting the Earth in low-Earth orbit before reaching its target.

Although it is impossible to say for certain what these targets were intended, it is possible to infer that they were meant to be used for military training.



It's an uncertain moment given the increased tension between the US US and China. However, one military official told CBS that it won't lead to a second Cold War.

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