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Satellite view of one of the structures of the Taklamakan Desert

Satellite imagery shows that China has built complete mockups of US warships within a desert region in China’s north-western Xinjiang.

Maxar (US space technology company) captured one of these images. It shows an object shaped as a military plane carrier and placed on railroad tracks.

USNI News, which is a website specializing in the US Navy said that the structures were targets of the military.

Since years, Beijing has been testing and developing anti-ship missiles.

As tensions build in the South China Sea, the US warned China that it has been expanding rapidly its military and nuclear capability in recent months.

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USNI News reported Sunday that the Taklamakan Desert structures were photographed without any weapons and included flat outline of US military vessels.

The images show mock-ups for an aircraft carrier as well as at least two US Navy destroyers.

According to the site, such constructions “reveal that China is continuing to concentrate on anti-carrier capability with an emphasis US Navy warships”.

China is suspected to have conducted a test of a supersonic, nuclear-capable missile. This missile can fly through the atmosphere at over five times the speed sound. Washington expressed concern about the matter.

Beijing denied later the claims and stated that it was a routine spacecraft inspection.

Regularly, the US Navy conducts routine missions in South China Sea with military vessels. This is one of most litigated regions on the planet. China claims the largest part of the area, while the US and its neighbors disagree.

The area is part of a major shipping route used to transport more than $3 trillion (£2.2 trillion) worth of trade annually.

Since decades, Brunei and the Philippines have been at odds with China over its claim to most of the Sea. Tensions, however, have increased steadily in recent years.

The US has supported many of these nations in the territorial dispute.


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