The American military base at Pearl Harbor, located in Hawaii, has a long and significant history. In 1941, the base was targeted in a surprise attack by Japan, leading to the United States entering World War II. However, recently, the base is facing new threats: suspicion of Chinese espionage.
Documents obtained by the Supervision Project of think tank The Heritage Foundation reveal that at least 14 cases involving attempted illegal access or surveillance by Chinese citizens have been recorded at or near the base since 2018. These documents were published on the website The Daily Signal and were provided by the Navy Consolidated Law Enforcement Operations Center as a result of a request under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
While The Heritage Foundation tried to obtain information about possible incidents of Chinese espionage at various American bases, only Pearl Harbor decided to collaborate and provide the records they had on attempted infiltrations.
The cases mentioned in the documents include instances of Chinese people attempting to fly drones over the base and taking photos of military installation’s entry points. These attempts raise serious concerns and have been investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) as well as the U.S. Navy’s police agency.
In addition to these incidents, two individuals who were detained due to circumstances that were deemed suspicious have also been reported by The Daily Signal. Chinese citizens have tried to enter the base and have even engaged in car chases around the area.
The Daily Signal reported that NCIS’s investigations into suspected espionage cases were heavily edited, adding further concern about security breaches at Pearl Harbor and other military installations across America.
To address these concerns, The US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Accountability launched an investigation into these suspected attempts by Chinese citizens to access U.S. military bases and other sensitive government facilities.
The committee has called for additional precautions to protect U