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Are Chinese Nationals Near US Military Bases? Beijing’s Plan in Action?

Is Beijing’s Plan Underway?‍ Chinese Nationals Being Caught ⁢Near or on US Military Bases

More⁢ than 100 ‍incidents where Chinese nationals have accessed or neared U.S. military bases and other​ sensitive locations have sparked suspicions of a ⁢wider espionage campaign driven by Beijing.

The FBI, Department of Defense, and other agencies have dubbed the situation, where Chinese nationals appear to feign accidentally approaching high-security U.S. military installations and other federal ⁤sites, “gate-crashing,” and​ have conducted base security reviews since 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing U.S. officials. The officials said the practice appears intended to stress-test security measures at the military sites as a form of low-effort reconnaissance ‍or espionage.

Usually,‍ the incidents involve Chinese nationals whom officials believe Beijing has ‍forced ⁣into performing⁢ the‍ operations and reporting back to the ​government, officials​ familiar with the matter told the Journal.

In ‍recent⁤ years, Chinese‌ nationals were found photographing a missile range in New Mexico, as ‍well as scuba​ diving in murky Florida waters that happened to be near a rocket ⁤launch site. Sometimes, they claim Google Maps directed them to the nearest McDonald’s or Burger King on a military base or​ made reservations for an on-base hotel. They often revert to similar language when apprehended by security guards⁢ and pretend to be lost tourists.

Once, a group ⁢of Chinese nationals claiming to be tourists with reservations at‌ a hotel on Fort Wainwright, Alaska, tried to push past gate guards.

Officials‌ say the trend is only increasing in scope ‌and is often successful.

Chinese nationals gain access‌ to military bases “often by speeding through security checkpoints,” Sue Gough, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told the ⁢Journal.

“These individuals are often cited criminally, barred from future installation ⁤access and escorted off-base.”

Will the United ⁢States go to war ⁣with China?

“The relevant ‌claims⁢ are purely ill-intentioned fabrications,”‍ said Liu Pengyu, a ⁣representative ⁤for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. “We urge the relevant U.S. officials to abandon the Cold War mentality, stop groundless accusations, and ⁢do more things that are conducive to enhancing mutual trust between​ the two countries and friendship between the two peoples.”

The White House ⁢and Department of Homeland Security⁢ did not comment, while the Pentagon responded in vague terms and‌ the FBI ​declined to comment on the officials’ claims.

Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, who‍ sits on the intelligence committee, said Congress is considering legislation to fill in the ‍gap where states, not the ‌federal government, are responsible for trespassing laws.

“We need to work ​closely with our state and local partners⁢ to train them ⁢and equip them,” he told the Journal. “Right now, they don’t know how to deal with it.”

The Chinese embassy‍ in the U.S. did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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