According to the Wall Street Journal reported that about 100 attempts to infiltrate US army bases by Chinese citizens have been monitored over the past few years.
According to US officials, these attempts are considered potential espionage threats.
The Wall Street Journal quoted US officials as saying that Chinese citizens, who sometimes appear as tourists, have infiltrated military bases and other sensitive sites in the United States, in about 100 incidents over the past few years.
The Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies conducted a review last year, in an attempt to limit those incidents, which included infiltration and entry into US military bases without proper authorization.
In this context, the report stated that the incidents of infiltration varied from an attempt by Chinese citizens to cross a US missile range in New Mexico, to divers swimming in muddy waters near a US government missile launch site in Florida, in the south of the country.
The report added, quoting informed officials, that “these incidents took place in rural areas where tourism is low”.
For its part, neither the US Department of Defense nor the Department of Homeland Security responded to a request for comment on the Wall Street Journal report.
US-Chinese relations have been suffering from severe tensions in recent years, with various military, security and commercial aspects, and the US has imposed sanctions on many Chinese institutions.
The United States was infuriated last February, after the discovery of what American officials described as a Chinese spy balloon over US soil.
This was denied by China, saying that the unmanned airship’s entry into US airspace was an accident resulting from force majeure.
The Wall Street Journal had previously reported that the United States is not yet ready to deal with a new era of great power competition against China and Russia, pointing out that there are major obstacles in the way.