Top lawmakers have accused the Biden administration of failing to take a firm stand on China after a shocking new report claimed there have been more than 100 cases of Chinese nationals infiltrating US military bases.
The Chinese nationals, posing as “tourists,” entered a missile launch site in New Mexico, first reported by the US government Wall Street Journal. In addition, some allegedly posed as divers to get near a missile launch site in Florida, while others claimed to be at a military base in Alaska.
The agents are reportedly tourists who are “lost” and unable to find their way to a Burger King or McDonalds, which happens to be near a US military base.
Government officials say Chinese nationals are often “pushed into service” and required to report their findings to the Chinese government.
“This is just part of the avalanche of Chinese espionage we are under,” Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., told DailyMail.com. “Communist China will continue to use these types of collectors against US companies to steal information, launch cyber attacks, or use other means such as spy balloons.” [until] You have consequences.’
“Unfortunately, instead of showing strength, the Biden administration continues to arrange high-level meetings with Chinese officials,” said Waltz, who sits on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees.
According to the report, the FBI, Department of Defense and other agencies were aware of the infiltrations and held summits to address the issue.
Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, in a statement to DailyMail.com, called it “brazen spying” by the CCP and accused Biden of “looking the other way.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Fort Wainright in Alaska, the center of US military operations in the Arctic, was the subject of an apparent attempt at espionage
A group of Chinese nationals were stopped while diving near a missile yard in Cape Canaveral, Florida
“Whether it’s their spies speeding through security checkpoints, diving near a US missile launch site, or entering a US missile range — it should send shivers down the spine of every American,” said Hinson, a House Representative House of Representatives Committee on the Communist Party.
This latest bomb comes just months after the Chinese spy balloon crossed the US. The plane, which officials said had only rudimentary flight controls, flew over a number of nuclear missile sites in late January and early February.
The balloon was eventually shot down by an F-22 Raptor fighter jet off the coast of South Carolina.
President Joe Biden has been in an uproar for downplaying the Chinese spy balloon hovering over the US and claiming Beijing may have been unaware of the operation.
“The espionage by the Communist Party will escalate until the Democrats get their heads out of the sand,” Rep. Jim Banks, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the CCP Committee, told DailyMail.com.
Most of the Chinese nationals caught are brought in, fined lightly and told not to return, as trespassing is not generally considered a federal crime.
A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington called the report “purely malicious fabrications”.
“We urge relevant US officials to abandon the Cold War mentality, stop baseless accusations, and do more things that will help build mutual trust between the two countries and friendship between the two peoples,” said Liu Pengyu.
In what the Journal calls a “current case,” a group of Chinese citizens claimed they were staying at a Holiday Inn in Fort Wainright, Alaska.
Security at the base was immediately suspicious as tourism in the area is extremely unusual. The base is the headquarters of the US Army’s 11th Airborne Division.
Emily Harding, a former official on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told WSJ that the Chinese spy operation was more of a numbers game.
“The advantage of the Chinese is that they are willing to send people in large numbers to collect.” “If a few of them get caught, it will be very difficult for the US government to prove anything other than trespassing, and those who don’t get caught will likely snag something useful,” Harding said.
In 2019, three Chinese nationals were jailed for illegally taking photos at a Florida naval base.
Lyuyou Liao, 27, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to illegally trespassing on NAS Key West and taking photos and videotaping properties in the station’s Truman Annex.
“This is just part of the avalanche of Chinese espionage we are under,” Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., told DailyMail.com
President Joe Biden downplayed the Chinese spy balloon that hovered over the US in February and claimed Beijing may have been unaware of the operation
Two other people, Jielun Zhang, 25, and Yuhao Wang, 24, were sentenced to 12 and nine months in prison, respectively, for entering the base and taking photos of military and naval infrastructure in January 2019.
In the same year, a Chinese woman was sentenced to eight months in prison after entering then-President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home with electronic devices and two passports.
Also in 2019, two Chinese nationals were deported from the United States after attempting to proceed to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach the Virginia pilot.