Threat from Communist China
Chinese Spy Balloon Could Have Been Used for Prepping EMP Attack on US Nuclear
The Chinese spy balloon that navigated through U.S. and Canadian airspace for a
week before being shot down may have been conducting reconnaissance for a
potential conflict with the United States, though experts believe its mission
is only just beginning to be understood.
When the spy balloon first entered U.S. airspace over Alaska's Aleutian Islands
on Jan. 28, American officials believed it would keep traveling on a northern
trajectory over sparsely populated areas.
Two days later, however, the balloon slowed down over Canada and abruptly
changed course, and headed south on a new trajectory that would take it over
much of the continental United States.
Over the next several days, the balloon traveled over some of the United
States" most sensitive military sites, conducting surveillance and,
potentially, rehearsing for a future attack.
The Biden administration has declined to specify which sites the Chinese
balloon surveyed, but it visibly traveled near at least three sites vital to
the United States" nuclear capabilities.
These sites included Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, which oversees 150
nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile silos; Offutt Air Force Base
in Nebraska, which is home to U.S. Strategic Command; and Whiteman Air Force
Base in Missouri, which operates the Air Force's B-2 bomber.
Paul Crespo, president of the Center for American Defense Studies, said that
the balloon's trajectory could "absolutely" suggest that communist China was
conducting a dry run for an attack using balloon-mounted weapons.
Particularly, Crespo warned that the regime could use high-altitude balloons to
conduct electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks on vital U.S. bases and
"While China has tested hypersonic missiles launched from balloons in the past,
that isn't a likely use for these airships," Crespo told The Epoch Times in an
"The biggest threat is sending one or more of these high altitude balloons over
the U.S. with a small nuclear EMP device."
The EMP Threat
EMPs are bursts of electromagnetic energy that disrupt communications and
damage electronic equipment. An EMP can be created by nuclear missiles, radio-
frequency weapons, and natural phenomena such as geomagnetic storms.
While any nuclear weapon can create an EMP, specialized EMP weapons such as so-
called super-EMP bombs generate particularly strong gamma radiation that
multiplies the effect of the pulse, extending the destruction over a greater
It has long been believed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which rules
China as a single-party state, is developing such weapons for a potential
conflict with the United States.
"Detonated at extremely high altitude, EMPs could knock out power and
communications across the U.S., wreaking widespread havoc for a year or more
without firing a shot on the ground," Crespo said.
In most scenarios, such a detonation would need to occur at a higher elevation
than the Chinese spy balloon was at in order to cause destruction across a vast
swath of territory.
If the EMP's purpose were to knock out a smaller target, however, such as a
nuclear command and control facility, a balloon like the one shot down over the
weekend would be a near-perfect delivery device.
Crespo, who previously served as a Marine officer with the Defense Intelligence
Agency, said that the spy balloon also likely provided the CCP with
unprecedented intelligence on U.S. nuclear facilities.
"Despite those who claim otherwise, the unprecedented slow-moving Chinese
surveillance balloon across the entire U.S. gave China intelligence it couldn't
otherwise get on nuclear, communications, and other critical targets," Crespo
Though perhaps not as terrifying as an electromagnetic attack on the United
States" nuclear facilities, Crespo said that the spy balloon incident gave the
CCP something nearly as important: A propaganda victory designed to undermine
the will of the United States and its allies.
"The balloon tested U.S. surveillance and counter-surveillance abilities and
reactions," Crespo said. "But, most importantly, it tested political will, and
Biden's willingness to let it cross the U.S. before finally downing it failed
"Biden's weak response gave China a major win on all counts."
Crespo is not the only one who has expressed ire over President Joe Biden's
apparently slow response to the violation of U.S. sovereignty.
"China's brazen and unapologetic violation of American sovereignty last week
demonstrates how little the CCP respects the Biden administration," said Rep.
Tom Tiffany (R-Wisc.) in an email to the Epoch Times.
"Communist China is the number one threat to American national security and
economic security, and it is time to start treating them that way."
Similarly, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said
that the Biden administration should never have allowed the spy balloon to
enter U.S. airspace.
"The administration should have taken care of this before it became a national
security threat," McCaul told The Epoch Times in an email.
"I hope we will be able to recover the wreckage to help determine what
intelligence the CCP collected while its spy balloon was over our country for
A spokesperson for the House Foreign Affairs Committee said that the committee
requested both classified and unclassified briefings on the incident to inform
members and staff as to why the balloon was allowed to fly over so much of the
United States before being shot down.
Adding to the intense political fallout was the Biden administration's apparent
intent to conduct business as usual with China.
Indeed, the Biden administration initially decided not to disclose the
existence of the spy balloon to the American public, fearing that knowledge of
the violation of U.S. sovereignty would derail Secretary of State Antony
Blinken's then-planned trip to Beijing.
The administration's plans to conceal the incident were thwarted, however, when
images of the balloon taken by Montana photographers Larry Mayer and Chase Doak
and published in the Billings Gazette burst the story wide open for the whole
world to see.
"This is exactly what journalism is designed for," Doak said in a tweet.
"Americans had a right to know that a foreign government was spying on them.
Glad I could be a part of bringing it to light."
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said
that the administration's decision to conceal the existence of the balloon was
of grave concern, and referred to the entire incident as a national security
"I remain deeply concerned by the Biden administration's decision to allow the
spy balloon to traverse the United States," Rogers said in a prepared
"It's clear the Biden administration had hoped to hide this national security
failure from Congress and the American people. Now, the White House must
provide answers about why they decided to allow a CCP spy balloon to cross the
United States and what damage to our national security occurred from this
The White House and Department of Defense did not return requests for comment.
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