Has China Found A UFO?

In November 2011, Google Maps uncovered bizarre structures in the Gobi Desert, in northern China In one location, strange striations, 20 metres wide, cover an area more than one kilometre wide and two kilometres long

At another place, this striking circular construct seems like a landing stage for something inhumanly large The scale of the structures indicates they are designed to be seen from a very high altitude, like the Nazca lines in Peru But unlike the Nazca lines, which can be seen from a plane, the Chinese structures are best approached from outer space… The Chinese government has refused to divulge the purpose of these remarkable sites The mainstream media immediately compared it to America’s Area 51 As a result, the media also speculated that China was using these sites to communicate with extraterrestrial life, inviting aliens to land in its back yard

The newspapers did not realise their suspicions were shared by the British government In June 2013, Whitehall declassified files from its top secret UFO Desk They reveal that between 1947 and 1997, the Ministry of Defense ran undercover UFO investigations On the one hand, it collected reports of UFO sightings in Britain On the other hand, it sent spies into the field to investigate these claims

To identify UFOs, agents were told to “Look out for high velocities, sharp manoeuvring, stationary 'flight', and few radar returns” University lecturer Dr David Clarke, the curator for The National Archives UFO project from 2008 to 2013, says, “The MoD… desperately [tried] to delay the release of these formerly secret and highly sensitive papers for more than a decade… Even though they have been partly censored they can’t conceal the fact the UK military was interested in capturing UFO technology And the files reveal they were desperate to capture this technology – wherever it came from – before the Russians or the Chinese got hold of it first” In a declassified report called, “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Air Defense Region”, the Royal Air Force says it was “particularly interested in… propulsion, stealth and any novel electromagnetic technologies” An anonymous senior commander says, “An actual or potential enemy could develop a flying device with the characteristics that [UFO] phenomena seem to have” According to the files, the Ministry of Defence suspected China had found an alien UFO and impounded it, and was developing highly advanced weapons from it In particular, British spies believed the Chinese were using alien secrets to develop superfast aircraft that were undetectable to radar

The Chinese certainly haven’t hidden their interest in UFOs UFOlogy in China essentially began in November 1978, when the Communist Party’s official newspaper People’s Daily published an article about UFOs by a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Then in 1979, Sun Shili co-founded China’s first UFO association By 1988, the China UFO Association had 50,000 members By the 1990s, there were dozens of alien encounters each year in China

Not long before these strange sites became public knowledge in 2011, China started building the world's largest filled-aperture radio telescope, in Guizhou province in southwest China It cost nearly half a billion dollars, and is known as Tianyan or “Heavenly Eye” Overseen by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, its dish is bigger than 30 football fields and sensitive enough to detect spy satellites even when they’re not broadcasting It is Earth’s first observatory custom-built to listen for a message from extraterrestrial intelligence This means that if any humans are to make first contact, it is most likely to be the Chinese

Ross Andersen, senior editor of The Atlantic, says, “International protocols require the disclosure of first contact, but they are nonbinding Maybe China would go public with the signal but withhold its star of origin [Or] maybe China would make the signal a state secret

” The Tianyan dish has been operational since 2016 For all we know, China could have already made first contact Yet, the Tianyen dish is run as part of the internationally co-ordinated Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI SETI oversees and monitors the dish’s data collection It is highly unlikely it would receive an alien signal without scientists in America and elsewhere finding out about it

As for the strange structures in the Gobi Desert, they are designed to be seen from outer space – but not by alien eyes Jonathon Hill, a research technician and mission planner at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, says the zigzagging white lines are targets for calibrating spy satellites He also says the landing pad site is really “a calibration test target for orbital radar instruments” This may explain why there are fighter jets parked at the centre of the circle Speaking of fighter jets, China continues to expand its fleet of military aircraft, and will soon be a leading military power in the sky

However, it has only recently begun developing its own aircraft designs Until a decade ago, China relied on adopting designs and seeking engineering support from its neighbours, like Russia and Ukraine Meanwhile, in England, even though the Ministry of Defence feared China possessed a UFO, they clearly gave up pursuing it On 11th November, 2009, RAF Air Command told Defence Minister Carl Mantell that the MoD “should seek to reduce very significantly the UFO task which is consuming increasing resource, but produces no valuable defence output‟ They argued that in more than 50 years, “no UFO sighting reported to [us] has ever revealed anything to suggest an extra-terrestrial presence or military threat to the UK

[I]nvestigations into UFO sightings, even from more reliable sources, serve no useful purpose and merely divert air defence specialists from their primary tasks Accordingly, no further investigations should be carried out into UFO reports received from any source‟ In 2010, the UFO files were transferred to Britain’s National Archives and the last UFO desk officer was redeployed In an email dated to 2nd June, 2009, the officer wrote, “Naturally a section of ufologists will never be convinced [that UFOs aren’t real], but frankly, whatever we say, they will choose to believe whatever they believe and we will never convince them otherwise

‟ We cannot blame them Until 1967, the Ministry of Defence’s policy was to destroy UFO files every five years Many records have been lost In China, public interest in UFOs has dwindled Sun Shili says this isn’t surprising because “There hasn’t been a breakthrough, and reports [of sightings] are repetitive and unfounded… [But] I believe [interest in UFOs] will never wane because humans are naturally curious about the universe

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