The Taklamakan Desert, a desert and very hostile space of more than 270.000 km2 in the heart of Uighur territory in northwestern China, was proposed in 2010 to become part of the natural world heritage of humanity. This arid space which sees temperatures of 50 ° C during the day rub shoulders with -40 ° C at night, is also a privileged training area for the People's Liberation Army, which has been testing its ballistic missiles there for many years. Recently, however, forms incongruous for this environment have been noted by Western observation satellites. Indeed, the Chinese armies built there simplified replicas of several large warships, in particular the large Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
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