The following is an excerpt from Just the News.
While the international defense community watches the progress of war in Ukraine, analysts are closely tracking signs that China is sharpening its ability to hit U.S. aircraft carriers, intelligence sources said.
Key evidence comes from recently surfaced satellite photos depicting mock targets that were built in the remote Taklamakan Desert of northwest China.
"These absolutely are genuine images, and we have every reason to monitor this closely," one analyst told Just the News. The intelligence contact made the comments while attending the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Fla., and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The institute reported last fall that satellite images showed mock ships that were shaped like U.S. Navy warships.
"The full-scale outline of a U.S. carrier and at least two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are part of the target range that has been built in the Ruoqiang region in central China," the group wrote in November. The site is near a former anti-ship ballistic missile target range, the group wrote. "This new range shows that China continues to focus on anti-carrier capabilities, with an emphasis on U.S. Navy warships."
"They know we are watching, so of course we factor in that we are the audience for their show," the analyst said.
Watchdog lawmakers, meanwhile, have raised concerns that one group of Americans could be pulled into inadvertently supporting Chinese efforts to exert military dominance. (Continued)
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