By Claire Gordon • 18 December 2021 • 14:22
As the Taiwan Issue escalates tensions between the USA and China, a Google Maps user has spotted what appears to be a US stealth bomber flying over crop fields. A Reddit user posted grabs of the apparent plane alongside coordinates as people’s fears over World War 3 continue to rise. Initial reports the plane was in Chinese airspace were soon corrected.
The relationship between China and the US has deteriorated over recent months as China has staked its claim over Taiwan, an island about 100 miles off its southeastern coast. The US is backing Taiwan as they have been outspoken about not wanting to be absorbed by China. This has led to a war of words between the two superpowers, leaving the door open for a more physical escalation.
Global concern has been raised by the increase in Chinese military activity in Taiwan, which has included warplanes in Taiwanese airspace and vessels off the coast. Now with the new picture that has come to light, people think that the US is responding by sending planes over China raising fears over World War 3.
Google users were amazed by what appears to be a stealth aircraft flying above fields, the shape of which looks like a B2 Stealth Bomber, a two-manned stealth aircraft designed during the cold war. The Daily Star reported that a Reddit user posted screen grabs of the image with the caption “Google maps can see stealth aircraft”. Google Maps imagery is retrieved from satellites or aircraft.
The grey arrow-shaped jet in the picture is blurred as if it is moving at a high speed. Early rumours the plane was in Chinese airspace were later dismissed when the coordinates were revealed. It was seen on the camera at the coordinates of 39°01’18.5″N, 93°35’40.5″W over crop fields in the US.
Last month, reports emerged that a US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait despite rising tensions, as China threatens to take the country by force. China has taken this as the US trying to raise tensions further, and experts are now worried about what this could mean for the idea of World War 3.
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