An official newspaper group of the Chinese Communist Party posted surveillance images of the U.S. Nellis Air Force base in Nevada, the same day that the New York Times reported that China broke up a major CIA intelligence ring in Beijing.
People’s Daily, China posted the surveillance images Saturday night. The images are detailed enough to show U.S. war planes in high detail.
Images taken by Jilin-1, China's 1st commercial remote sensing satellite, on Apr 11, 2016, show US Nellis Air Force Base in southern Nevada pic.twitter.com/huIUg8aEcY
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) May 21, 2017
“That’s a really strong move,” a military source tells Big League Politics. “The Chinese typically do not brag about their capabilities and they typically emphasize the defensive nature of their military resources, so posting these photos of a strategically vital American air force base is completely out of character with the way China has been presenting itself on the world stage.”
The Chinese taunt comes the same day as a New York Times report, which detailed how China “dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.”