Satellite images appear to show mock-up US warships in China desert

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“China appears to have built full-scale mock-ups of US warships in a desert in the country’s north-western Xinjiang region, satellite images show. One of the images, captured by US space technology company Maxar, shows a structure shaped like a military aircraft carrier placed on rail tracks. USNI News, a site specialising in the US Navy, said the structures appeared to be targets built by the military. Beijing has been developing and testing anti-ship ballistic missiles for years. The US has warned that in recent months China has been rapidly expanding its military, including its nuclear capabilities, as tension builds in the South China Sea. On Sunday, USNI News said the structures photographed in the Taklamakan Desert appeared to include flat outlines of US military vessels without weapons or other details.” (11/08/21)