China’s Air Force released a video showing a nuclear-capable H-6 bomber with a simulated attack on a U.S. base in Guam. Is the U.S. prepared for a bioterror attack?
In September, the Pentagon said that China is well on its way to becoming a world-class military’ to match U.S. military by 2049. While we’re busy with election infighting and battling with a new set of coronavirus lockdowns across the nation, the Chinese government is busy expanding its power around the globe. According to the Pentagon, the Chinese Air Force is becoming a massive threat to the United States.
While the rest of the world is still dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese government seems to have the virus under control in their own country. It raises the question about why and how the virus began in the first place. Many are also questioning the time of the deadly virus. As the rest of the world still struggles with the pandemic, China’s economy is showing a fast rebound, which provides the country the money to fund its superpower ambition and the ultimate goal of someday rule the world.
China has spent the last 15 years to build up and modernize its military technology. Chinese army, air force, navy, and special forces are large, well equipped, vastly trained, and technologically advanced. One of the planes in its arsenal is nuclear-capable H-6 bombers.
Over the weekend, China’s air force released a two minute and 15-second video showing its H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, according to a Monday report from Reuters. Guam is home to major U.S. military facilities, including the airbase, which would be key to responding to any conflict in the Asia-Pacific region.
The video, which was released on Saturday on the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Weibo account, came as China carried out the second day of drills near Chinese-claimed Taiwan, to express anger at the visit of a senior U.S. State Department official to Taipei. The video is called “The god of war H-6K goes on the attack!”
The video shows H-6 bombers taking off from a desert base. Halfway through the video, a pilot presses a button and looses off a missile at an unidentified seaside runway. The missile homes in on the runway, a satellite image of which is shown that looks exactly like the layout of Andersen. The music suddenly stops as images of the ground shaking appear, following by aerial views of an explosion.
“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,” the air force wrote in a brief description of the video. According to Reutters, neither China’s defence ministry nor U.S. Indo-Pacific Command immediately responded to requests for comment on the video.
Collin Koh, a research fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, said the video was aimed at highlighting China’s growing prowess in long-range power projection. “The video is meant to warn the Americans that even supposedly safe, rearward positions such as Guam may come under threat when conflicts over regional flashpoints, be it Taiwan or the South China Sea, erupt,” he said.