China builds simulated Taiwan port, ship to test missiles: military analyst

While China building mockups in the Gobi Desert and blowing them up is nothing new, considering the current escalations it pays to take heed, especially since I made the mistake of judging Russia’s military buildup at Ukraine’s border to be “Saber-Rattling”. Lesson learned! MH

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) China appears to have built mockups of a port in northeastern Taiwan and a military vessel docked there, with the aim of using them as targets to test its ballistic missiles, a retired Taiwan Navy officer said Friday.

Lu Li-shih (呂禮詩), a former lieutenant commander in Taiwan’s navy, said that based on the satellite images of the structures, the simulated targets constructed in a desert in China’s Xinjiang province seemed to look like Taiwan’s Su’ao naval base in Yilan and a Kidd-class destroyer that usually docks there.

In a Facebook post, Lu said he had compared the mockup port to the American naval bases in Yokosuka and Sesabo in Japan and in Subic Bay in the Philippines, but it more closely resembled Su’ao.

Lu was also quoted in a South China Morning Post report Thursday as saying that the mockup vessel moored at the simulated a naval base resembled one that was based in northeast Taiwan and some American vessels based in Guam.

“The mock-ups and drills suggest that Chinese People’s Liberation Army warships are simulating precision strikes on both the Guam naval base and the Su’ao military port, using China’s YJ-21 anti-ship missiles,” Lu was quoted as saying in the report.

U.S. report about mockup piers

According to a report published May 11 on the United States military’s USNI News site, one of the full-scale mockup piers and a simulated destroyer-sized ship were constructed last December in the remote Takmalakan desert in Xinjiang. That site was quickly disassembled after a test missile hit the replica ship dead center in February, USNI News said.

Prior to that, China last November had been been building targets that simulated an American aircraft carrier and other U.S. warships, in the Takmalakan desert, to test its hypersonic anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), which are an increasingly significant threat to such vessels, the news site said…READ MORE

Here’s some images both old and recent:

China Builds Missile Targets Shaped Like U.S. Aircraft Carrier, Destroyers  in Remote Desert - USNI News
Satellite Imagery: China Staging Mock Invasion of Taiwan? – The Diplomat
Check the date on this image: This is nothing new.

Ultimately I’d suggest keeping an eye on this situation. China is a clever opponent with the patience to play a long game. They generally prefer taking over a country by stealth, but all this long-term simulation means they are prepared to go ahead with military action, and my bet is they’ll want to do it while their puppet-president in the US, Joe Biden, is still in the Oval Office.

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Martin Harris

I have a lovely partner and 3 very active youngsters. We live in the earthquake ravaged Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch, New Zealand. I began commenting/posting on Uncensored back in early 2012 looking for discussion and answers on the cause and agendas relating to our quakes. I have always maintained an interest in ancient mysteries, UFOs, hidden agendas, geoengineering and secret societies and keep a close eye on current world events. Since 2013 I have been an active member of community, being granted admin status and publishing many blogs and discussion threads. At this time I'm now helping out with admin and moderation duties here at Uncensored where my online "life" began.

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