Chinese Illegal Migrants Flood Guam Amidst Beijing’s Escalation of Military Presence
The island of Guam, a U.S. territory in the Indo-Pacific, is facing significant challenges as Chinese illegal migrants continue to flood the island. The escalating efforts by Beijing to challenge the U.S. military presence in the region have prompted urgent calls for heightened protection for the island. The recent surge of illegal Chinese migrants, combined with espionage threats, has raised concerns among Guam’s congressional representative, James Moylan.
Guam is home to two major U.S. military installations, Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB). NBG is the largest U.S. Navy base in the Pacific Ocean, with crucial facilities such as Apra Harbor and ship repair yards, along with various tenant commands. The base plays a vital role in maritime operations and currently hosts around 9,670 active-duty military personnel.
Andersen Air Force Base serves as a crucial strategic airbase, supporting the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. With one of the longest runways in the Western Pacific, AAFB accommodates fighter squadrons, bombers, and support aircraft, and hosts around 8,000 active-duty military personnel.
In addition to its regional security role, Guam has played an instrumental role in supporting U.S. military operations from the Korean War to more recent conflicts such as Afghanistan and the Middle East. However, Beijing’s discontent with the U.S. military presence in the region has become increasingly evident. Chinese hackers have targeted U.S. military installations in Guam, and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) routinely conducts simulated strikes on the island using missiles and bomber aircraft.
Concurrently, China has bolstered its naval footprint in the Indo-Pacific, with the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force possessing missile capabilities that could strike Guam, including the “Guam Killer,” a DF-26 ballistic missile. Representative Moylan has expressed concerns about the overt provocations by the PLA-Navy and the potential collaboration between Chinese migrants and the Chinese Communist Party to undermine the island’s defense capabilities.
The influx of Chinese illegal migrants has raised legitimate concerns about national security, particularly considering the U.S. intelligence community’s identification of the People’s Republic of China as the foremost espionage threat. Representative Moylan has called for increased defense funding for Guam, emphasizing the pressing need for heightened protection against the escalating Chinese military threat.
The tensions surrounding Guam’s security have raised questions about the priorities of U.S. lawmakers. While significant funding is allocated to support Ukraine, concerns have been raised about the lack of focus on protecting a strategic U.S. territory like Guam. Furthermore, the reluctance of the mainstream media to address the espionage and sabotage threat posed by Chinese illegal migrants reflects a broader trend of avoiding discussions that could be deemed racist.
The Republican Party has emerged as the voice for U.S. territories, with Guam flipping Republican for the first time in 30 years in the 2022 elections. The shift in political support highlights the importance of critical issues such as national security, illegal immigration, and the growing threats from China.
In conclusion, the escalating challenges faced by Guam as a result of the influx of Chinese illegal migrants and Beijing’s intensified military presence in the Indo-Pacific highlight the urgent need for heightened protection and increased defense funding for the island. The concerns raised by Representative Moylan reflect the broader debate about national security priorities and the significance of protecting strategic U.S. territories in the face of growing threats.