Chinese propaganda film shows fake attack on US Air Force base with clips from Hollywood movies
China’s military has released a propaganda video depicting a fictional air strike on a United States Air Force base in the Pacific — however, the clip appears to use footage lifted from Hollywood films.
- The clip shows a fictional attack on Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam
- It uses clips taken from the films The Hurt Locker and The Rock
- It comes amid heightened tensions between the US and China over Taiwan
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) posted the video to Chinese social media over the weekend, along with a message warning that the country could strike targets “from thousands of miles away”.
The clip appears to show nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a fictional attack on Andersen Air Force Base, a US facility on the island of Guam.
Curiously, parts of the video use short sections from two Hollywood movies — the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker, released in 2008, and the 1996 action-thriller The Rock, starring Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery.
The video was released at a time of heightened tensions between China, the United States and Taiwan after a senior US diplomat visited Taiwan late last week and met with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.
The Chinese air force’s two-minute-and-15-second video, which was named The God of War H-6K Goes on the Attack!, shows H-6 bombers taking off from a desert base.
The H-6K has been involved in multiple Chinese flights around and near Taiwan, according to Taiwan’s air force, including those last week. The H-6K is the latest model of the bomber.
Halfway through the video, a pilot presses a button and releases a missile, which heads towards an unidentified seaside runway.
As the missile homes in on the runway, the footage cuts to an old satellite image of Andersen Airforce Base in Guam, taken before ongoing renovations at the base began.
Andersen Air Force Base is one of several US military facilities on Guam, which are seen as being key to any US response to a conflict in the Asia-Pacific.
The music suddenly stops as close up images of the ground shaking — lifted straight from The Hurt Locker — appear on screen.
This is followed by aerial views of a CGI explosion, which were cut from the film The Rock.
“We are the defenders of the motherland’s aerial security; we have the confidence and ability to always defend the security of the motherland’s skies,” China’s air force wrote in a brief description for the video.
Neither China’s defence ministry nor US Indo-Pacific Command immediately responded to requests for comment on the video.
US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach’s trip to Taiwan angered Beijing, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province of China, and has long sought to isolate the island’s democratically elected Government.
China sent dozens of warplanes over the Taiwan Strait towards the island on both Friday and Saturday in response to the visit. Taiwan’s air force also scrambled their own jets to meet them.
“The video is meant to warn the Americans that even supposedly safe, rearward positions such as Guam may come under threat when conflicts over regional flashpoints … erupt,” Collin Koh, a research fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, told Reuters.