Scattering Threats, Chinese Simulates Attack on US Air Base Guam
The simulated attack has further exacerbated tensions between the two countries. The video was released on the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force’s Weibo account last Saturday.
At that time, China held an exercise near Taiwan to protest the visit of senior US Department of State (Deplu) officials in Taipei.
Guam is home to US military facilities, including air bases, which will be key in responding to all conflicts in the Asia Pacific region.
The Chinese Air Force video for two minutes and 15 seconds is accompanied by dramatic music like a movie trailer for a Hollywood film. The video shows several H-6 bombers taking off from a desert base.
The video is called “God of war H-9K continues to attack!” Midway through, a pilot pushed a button and released a missile on a seafront runway.
The missile hit the runway whose satellite imagery shows the location resembles US Air Base Andersen.
The music suddenly stopped as the image seemed to vibrate, followed by a scene from the air of a large explosion.
“We are defenders of Indonesia’s air security. We have the confidence and ability to as long as defend our homeland’s air security, ”wrote the Chinese Air Force explaining the video.
China’s Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Collin Koh, an observer from the Singapore’s Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, considered the video to highlight China’s progress in long-range power projection.
“The video is meant to warn America that while it is safe, a number of positions such as Guam may be under threat when conflicts in the region occur, it could be in Taiwan or the South China Sea,” said Koh.
The H-6 bomber was involved in various Chinese flights around and near Taiwan, according to the Taiwan Air Force. The H-6K became China’s newest model bomber based on the Soviet Tu-16 aircraft of the 1950s.