US military bases fend off visits from Chinese citizens: reports

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Chinese nationals have accessed U.S. military bases and other facilities dozens of times, U.S. officials said, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

Government agencies like the Defense Department and the FBI held a review the past year in an attempt to limit the events, the Journal reports. The Journal reports that officials have called the individuals involved in these incidents “gate-crashers”, and are concerned about espionage. According to the report, one “incident” of attempted breach of Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska involved Chinese citizens who “blew past a security checkpoint.” According to that report, one “incident” of attempted breach of Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, involved Chinese citizens who “blew past a security checkpoint.”

A drone was found in the vehicle of the visitors, who said they were lost tourists, USA Today reported.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., has pushed back on U.S. concerns about the occurrences. The Journal reported that the “relevant claims” were “pure fabrications.” Liu Pengyu is a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. “We urge the relevant U.S. officials to abandon the Cold War mentality, stop groundless accusations, and do more things that are conducive to enhancing mutual trust between the two countries and friendship between the two peoples.”

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