Chinese military video simulates attack on US-style base

Beijing, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- China’s air force posted a video on social media showing H-6 bombers simulating an attack on a site resembling Andersen Air Force Base on the United States island of Guam.

The video was posted on Saturday from an official military account on the Sina Weibo platform, shortly after China carried out military maneuvers in the Formosa Strait in response to a visit to Taiwan by US undersecretary of state Keith Krach.

It lasts for two minutes and 15 seconds and is titled “The god of war H-6K goes on the attack”.

Chinese nuclear-capable bombers are seen taking off from a base in the middle of the desert before one of the pilots presses a button to release a missile to strike what appears to be the Andersen base, a crucial US facility for its operations in the Pacific.

After the projectile hits the target, the ground is seen shaking and there is a large explosion.

The video does not refer to Guam or the US but says that China can defend the safety of its skies.

“We are the defenders of the motherland’s aerial security, we have the confidence and ability to always defend the security of the motherland’s skies,” an accompanying description said.

Beijing, which considers Taiwan a rebel province that must be reunified with the rest of the country, responded to Krach’s visit with naval and aerial maneuvers on Friday.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said 18 Chinese military aircraft entered the island’s airspace: two H-6 bombers, eight J-16 fighters, four J-10 fighters and four J-11 fighters.

Washington plans to sell Taiwan $7 billion of weapons, including cruise missiles and drones, according to reports by US news channel CNN.

Taiwanese authorities have not commented on these reports.

China’s foreign ministry said the issue of Taiwan is an internal affair and that there is no room for foreign interference.

It was the latest incident in escalating tensions between China and the US on several fronts, including trade and technology.

The two countries also have also accused each other of militarizing the South China Sea region, which facilitates the passage of 30 percent of the world’s trade and is rich in natural resources, housing 12 percent of the global fish catch, in addition to large oil and gas fields.

Taiwan is one of the most sensitive issues for Beijing, which has declared on several occasions its intention to recover the territory by force if necessary.

China demands that the rebel province must return to its sovereignty, while the island has operated autonomously since 1949. EFE-EPA


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