Chinas Area 51 seen in remote desert on satellite pics as arms race heats up

Satellite pictures have exposed the location of what's being called China's version of Area 51.

The site, which is expected to be the equivalent of the one in America, is being built by Beijing in a remote desert in "outback" China.

The United States has had its “Area 51” in the dunes of Nevada since the end of World War II, but it was never officially confirmed to exist until 2013.

Aircraft such as the ultra-fast, ultra-high flying SR-71 Blackbird were created there, according to News AU.

The US location is also responsible for secret breakthroughs such as the F117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.

But now China has chosen a former nuclear test range in a dry corner of Xinjiang province as its secret testing facility.

The location was chosen as its remoteness makes it easy to spot strangers and the scorching heat or threat from radiation should be enough to warn off strangers.

However, the location was meant to be unknown to potential intruders but due to the era of commercial satellite surveillance keeping any location top secret has proven difficult as cameras have exposed the building.

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A recent Center for Strategic & International Studies report said: "An important component of security competition over the next decade will be the challenge of ‘hiding and finding,’ especially the struggle to identify the locations and activities of adversaries such as China and Russia.

“This challenge entails identifying the locations and activities of adversaries, including the movement of their armies, navies, air forces, and intelligence operatives.”

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The news comes as an arms race between China, the US, Russia and the UK have begun to heat up once again.

Each country is trying to beat the other in the development of successful unmanned aircraft, piloted by artificial intelligence.

The so-called "black projects" of 2020 also focussed on the development of cruise missiles, high-flying spy planes, drones and sixth-generation combat aircraft.

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