Chinese netizens took to Weibo over the weekend to post pictures of an unidentified flying object (UFO). According to a report by Global Times, sightings of the airborne event occurred in various parts of the country, such as Shanxi province, Shandong province, Hebei province and Henan province.
Image via @北京晚报/Weibo
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The sighting happened to coincide with military exercises in the Bohai Sea in North China on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. Some people began speculating that these sightings may have something to do with the military exercises. The trending topic #多地目击不明飞行物# (Many places witnessed a UFO) has been read by around 5.5 million people as of press time.
Dongfeng Kuaidi, the official Weibo account of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Rocket Force, released an image on June 3 which appears to feature a gnarly, time-exposure light trail, with what also appears to be a rocket launcher in the background. The picture was accompanied by the caption “Do you believe that this world has UFOs? Good night, small rocket companion.”
Image via @东风快递/Weibo
Just over two hours after the rocket force’s post, the PLA Navy decided to get in on the action and released their own image of a rocket flying into space, this time accompanied by the words “Do you also believe in UFOs? @东风快递 Good night, little sea bean.”
Image via @人民海军/Weibo
This playful back-and-forth between two of China’s armed force branches is fun and all, but offers no conclusive evidence as to where the UFO came from. Assume as you will, but for now we’re still holding out hope for an alien landing sometime soon.
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