The American military base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii has a long and significant history, dating back to the surprise attack by Japan in 1941 that led to the United States entering World War II. However, recently, the base is facing new threats: suspicions of Chinese espionage.
Documents obtained by think tank The Heritage Foundation reveal that at least 14 cases of attempted illegal access or surveillance by Chinese citizens have occurred at or near the base since 2018. These documents were published on The Daily Signal and 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.
According to The Daily Signal, incidents of suspected Chinese espionage in recent years also include two individuals who were detained due to circumstances deemed suspicious. Chinese citizens have tried to enter the base and even engaged in car chases around the area.
The Daily Signal reported that NCIS’s investigations into suspected espionage cases were heavily edited, which raises further questions about what is really going on behind closed doors at Pearl Harbor and other American military bases.
In response to 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. It is crucial that we take action to protect these installations from potential security breaches and ensure that our military personnel are safe while operating within them.
The committee has called for additional precautions to protect U.S. military bases from espionage by China’s Communist Party (CCP). This includes preventing CCP-linked entities from purchasing land near such facilities, imposing strict visa policies for foreign nationals working on U.S.-based projects, and increasing surveillance around sensitive locations.
Finally, the committee has also requested that U