CCP Solar Power Plant Near U.S. Military Base
The CCP has long been buying up land near American military bases. Are they going after our bases in Japan as well?
From The Epoch Times. A Shanghai company with a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) background is building mega-solar power plants near Japan’s most important U.S. military base in Iwakuni. The city’s council member raised the alarm that the CCP was posing a threat to national security.
Takashi Ishimoto, a member of Iwakuni city council, said that the major solar power plants that the Chinese firm is involved in are located in Yamaguchi Prefecture — one in Miwa-cho, Iwakuni city (or Iwakuni-shi) in the north, and the other in Yanai city (or Yanai-shi) in the south — sandwiching the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni is the most paramount U.S. military facility in the Far East, shared by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
CCP capital’s involvement in the construction of mega solar power plants in itself has “created regional and national security problems,” Mr. Ishimoto told The Epoch Times on Sept. 10.
CCP-Funded Power Plants in Japan
In September 2021, the Japan Branch of Shanghai Electric Power acquired the whole equity of the Yamaguchi Iwakuni photovoltaic project through RS Asset Management, a Japan-based fund management company.
The project plans to install 300,000 solar panels around 117 hectares (289 acres) of land, with the power output amounting to 75 megawatts, equivalent to the energy consumption of about 22,500 households. …
Mr. Ishimoto said, in his investigation, Shanghai Electric Power is likely constructing solar power plants throughout Japan, including Hokkaido and Tokushima. Almost all of these are surrounded by Japanese military installations, nuclear plants, telecommunication transmission towers, and transit stations. …
Mr. Ishimoto seriously questioned why the Chinese were targeting Japanese power plants and stations. He believes the Chinese are not just for making money. …
Suspected Exposed Aircraft Flight Zone
Mr. Ishimoto said one acquaintance in the U.S. Army told him that those solar power plants are directly below the flight path of fighter jets in Iwakuni; from their locations, one can easily track and obstruct the flight patterns of the U.S. Air Force and its aircraft, for example, U.S. fighter jets may take off from the Iwakuni’s base and fly toward Okinawa or move to the north. …
Given one of this U.S.-Japanese military base’s missions is to suppress the CCP, in Mr. Ishimoto’s view, it could be of strategic significance for the CCP to control the power generation facilities and land around the base through Chinese buyers, for instance, for its espionage measures, intelligence-gathering activities, and even interference in the military activities of the United States and Japan. …
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