Chinese citizens in Alaska infiltrate US military bases posing as tourists

Alaska has been home to Chinese nationals trying to infiltrate US military bases under the guise of tourists for quite some time, authorities have revealed.

According to a report from USA Today, a Chinese national who went through security at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, in Fairbanks, was detained and found with a drone inside his vehicle. The occupants of the car, however, claimed to be tourists who got lost on the way.

Officials, however, have admitted that many of these encounters were made in error after unsuspecting tourists were caught off guard trying to witness the Northern Lights and other attractions in Alaska.

Meanwhile, others, posing as tourists, are deployed as spies in a foreign country, an official said.

Why is China interested in Alaska?

China has shown interest in US Alaska for quite some time. The region has three major military bases: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, and Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks.

Apart from these, there are also several smaller facilities in the region.

Due to strong competition in the Arctic region, the US has funneled more and more resources into Alaska to make itself more secure in the region.

The state is also considered a key location due to its proximity to Russia.

In addition, the vast Alaskan wilderness offers the Pentagon the opportunity to conduct military exercises on land and at sea.

It is therefore not surprising that Beijing deployed ‘spy balloons’ over the region in February this year and now spies posing as tourists live in Alaska.

Lawmakers take action

The report of USA Today has given a wake-up call to the authorities in the United States. On Wednesday, Senator Dan Sullivan said: “Whether it’s a Chinese spy balloon, the Russian Bear bombers, or this new report about suspected Chinese spies in Alaska, this is yet another wake-up call that we are in a new era of authoritarian aggression led by dictators in China and Russia.

“It is also another example of how important Alaska is to the national defense of the United States. In my oversight role, I am pressing for more details on these alleged security breaches and will continue to work with the Department of Defense to ensure that our facilities in Alaska remain secure,” he added.

Republican Mary Peltola said dc gray, “Many other countries and nations understand the strategic importance of Alaska. I think this re-emphasizes the need for the United States of America to really understand and continue to invest in the strategic location.”

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