[Global Times reporter Shao Yijia ]\" Two more Chinese have been arrested for illegally breaking into U.S. military bases to take photos,\" several U.S. media reported on the 7th. Four Chinese have been arrested since 2018 for entering KeyWest, Fla., for taking photos, and one has been sentenced for a year. These cases are reminiscent of \"chinese spies\" by american intelligence agencies and some media.
Two of the most recent Chinese students arrested were Wang and Zhang, both 24-year-old University of Michigan students, according to VOA 7. The two men drove to U.S. Navy Air Base in Key West about 8.30am on January 4. This is the base of the U. S. military's joint inter-agency southern contingent, responsible for air-sea smuggling enforcement and the possession of weapons and ammunition. According to the report, the two did not follow the instructions of the base female guards to leave, continue to drive close to the base building, arrested half an hour later.
The Navy Times reported on Monday that the FBI's testimony to the court said Chinese students Zhang explained that they continued to drive to find a place to park their cars and that the two men volunteered to show investigators the photos they took with their cameras and cell phones. On December 26,2019, a 27-year-old Chinese foreign student, Liao, was arrested for illegal photo-taking in another area of the same naval base and is currently in temporary detention pending a court hearing. In the autumn of 2018, Zhao, a 20-year-old Chinese citizen, was also arrested for illegally photographing the naval base and sentenced to a year. Mr liao's attorney, rushbaum, told the navy times that his client had never intended to invade u.s. military bases.\" Like other kwesters visitors, he was trying to shoot the sunrise and he would be proven innocent in court,\" the report said.
China's Consulate General in Houston issued a security alert on December 30,2019, saying there had been a recent case of Chinese citizens suspected of illegally entering and filming the U.S. military exclusion zone in Key West, Florida. The Consulate General reminds Chinese citizens in the area to observe the relevant signs and avoid the military restricted zones so as to prevent mis-entry and mis-shooting.
Some media reports in the United States are bizarre. \"Visitors to Key West Island are always flocking to the town's most popular tourist attractions to record their memories, but students from China are not,\" the Miami Herald said on Monday. For some reason, they seem to enjoy filming military installations in Key West.
“Voice of America" on the 7th quoted U.S. Air Force retired intelligence Colonel Lytton as saying that the Chinese "will use technical and human intelligence means to continuously track sensitive targets, as accurate as possible to obtain U.S. military operations. "China regularly employs'runway observers'or'aircraft observers'to track aircraft take-off and landing at USAF bases," he said." When I was stationed in Guam, we knew the Chinese were monitoring our flight activities at Anderson Air Force Base.
In an interview with the Global Times reporter on Sunday, Foreign Affairs Institute Professor Li Haidong said that the Chinese were being arrested for taking photos at US military bases in a series of incidents, which were a wake-up call for Chinese who loved to take pictures, not only foreign students, but also foreign students, diplomats, scholars, businessmen and so on.
A number of chinese experts who have worked in the u.s. have told the global times that u.s. military bases are numerous, many of the best ports are occupied by the base, and driving through or into \"military exclusion zones \". As for the u.s. media, it's reminiscent of \"chinese spies \", which, according to li, reflects a heightened tendency for some in the u.s. to be highly sensitive and anxious about china and to politicize and secure the chinese's actions, as well as the current gap between chinese and american cultural exchanges.