UFOs: Ufology With Chinese Characteristics

CommentaryWhile UFO sightings are mainly reported in the United States, it is in fact a worldwide phenomenon. The best photograph of a UFO ever taken is not from the United States, but Costa Rica. It was taken in 1971. Investigative reporter Leslie Kean said the photo “may be the most extraordinary one ever released by government officials.” Using a map-making camera, Sergio Loaiza, an aerial photographer, flew over Costa Rica at an altitude of about 10,000 feet. The original purpose of the trip was, of course, not about UFOs, but rather surveying for a hydroelectric project in the area. One frame of the film taken shows a metallic disk 100 to 200 feet across flying under the photographer’s plane. The negative of the photo was retrieved after five decades. The famous business magnate Elon Musk, who has an opinion on everything under the sun, asked: “What if UFOs are just naturally blurry?” implying that UFO pictures are of low quality and may be fake. UAP Costa Rica, the organization that released the picture, posted on Twitter on April 2, 2021, “I wonder if @elonmusk has seen the Lake Cote UFO picture?” It is an official picture by the Geographic Department of Costa Rica, the original negative resides in the National Archive. Experts who have examined the picture concluded that it is not a fake. In other words, UFOs are real and it is a global phenomenon. An interesting question arises: why do countries such as Russia and China have fewer UFO reports? Although we cannot determine whether the metallic disk was really a product of “alien technology,” there are several important strategic problems that politicians should address: 1) Only one frame in the whole series of photos shows the disk, which was not seen by the pilot and the cameraman. This implies the technology was far superior to any flying machine of the 1970s, or even the present decade, that the public is aware of. 2) Suppose this technology is used against any country of this planet, what would be the consequences? 3) If it is indeed alien technology, then any government that is able to establish contact with the alien power might have a far greater military edge. In short, any government that can master this alien technology may control this world. Skeptics will argue that this is science fiction. However, it is worth reading “The Day After Roswell” by retired United States Army Colonel Philip J. Corso. In this memoir, Corso claimed that material recovered from the crashed spacecraft at Roswell was given to U.S. companies for reverse engineering. Modern technology such as fiber optics, integrated circuits, and hyperelastic material were allegedly developed using information taken from the craft. If we examine the technological progress of the United States after the Second World War, there was indeed a “great leap forward” in these areas, and not the kind of gradual accumulation of knowledge that is usually seen in the history of science. This seems to corroborate Corso’s claim. Of course, we shall not presume the aliens are biased toward the United States. Any country shall have the right to contact aliens, hopefully, for the improvement of human civilization. One may also argue that alien contact with the United States was triggered by the development of atomic bombs. Although the United States was the first to master atomic energy, many countries followed suit. Russia and China are members of this “atomic club.” It is true that the number of reported UFO sightings in Russia and China are fewer than that of the United States, but that does not mean they have less importance. Books such as “Russia’s Roswell Incident: And Other Amazing UFO Cases From The Former Soviet Union” by Philip Mantle and Paul Stonehill carry solid evidence showing that Russian scientists were interested in studying strange object encounters of their military forces in the air, under the sea, and even in space. Unfortunately, China is even less transparent than Russia in the area of UFO research. Official information concerning the UFO phenomenon is hard to gather and NGOs are not encouraged. We can only rely on newspaper reports and anecdotes. One of the few prominent cases of UFO sightings occurred on July 7, 2010: more than 20 flights were postponed at Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. A flight crew preparing for descent first detected “the object” around 8:40 p.m. and notified air traffic control. Aviation authorities responded within minutes, grounding outbound flights and diverting inbound ones to airports in Ningbo and Wuxi, cities in the same province. Hangzhou residents saw a hovering object bathed in golden light with a comet-like tail on the same day and took some photos of it. They also witnessed a flying object emitting red and white rays of light. Was it sent by some foreign country for the purpose of testing the Chinese airforce’s speed of response or had the PLA Airforce tried to intercept the object? No answer h

UFOs: Ufology With Chinese Characteristics

Commentary

While UFO sightings are mainly reported in the United States, it is in fact a worldwide phenomenon. The best photograph of a UFO ever taken is not from the United States, but Costa Rica. It was taken in 1971. Investigative reporter Leslie Kean said the photo “may be the most extraordinary one ever released by government officials.”

Using a map-making camera, Sergio Loaiza, an aerial photographer, flew over Costa Rica at an altitude of about 10,000 feet. The original purpose of the trip was, of course, not about UFOs, but rather surveying for a hydroelectric project in the area. One frame of the film taken shows a metallic disk 100 to 200 feet across flying under the photographer’s plane. The negative of the photo was retrieved after five decades.

The famous business magnate Elon Musk, who has an opinion on everything under the sun, asked: “What if UFOs are just naturally blurry?” implying that UFO pictures are of low quality and may be fake. UAP Costa Rica, the organization that released the picture, posted on Twitter on April 2, 2021, “I wonder if @elonmusk has seen the Lake Cote UFO picture?” It is an official picture by the Geographic Department of Costa Rica, the original negative resides in the National Archive. Experts who have examined the picture concluded that it is not a fake. In other words, UFOs are real and it is a global phenomenon.

An interesting question arises: why do countries such as Russia and China have fewer UFO reports?

Although we cannot determine whether the metallic disk was really a product of “alien technology,” there are several important strategic problems that politicians should address:

1) Only one frame in the whole series of photos shows the disk, which was not seen by the pilot and the cameraman. This implies the technology was far superior to any flying machine of the 1970s, or even the present decade, that the public is aware of.

2) Suppose this technology is used against any country of this planet, what would be the consequences?

3) If it is indeed alien technology, then any government that is able to establish contact with the alien power might have a far greater military edge.

In short, any government that can master this alien technology may control this world.

Skeptics will argue that this is science fiction. However, it is worth reading “The Day After Roswell” by retired United States Army Colonel Philip J. Corso. In this memoir, Corso claimed that material recovered from the crashed spacecraft at Roswell was given to U.S. companies for reverse engineering.

Modern technology such as fiber optics, integrated circuits, and hyperelastic material were allegedly developed using information taken from the craft. If we examine the technological progress of the United States after the Second World War, there was indeed a “great leap forward” in these areas, and not the kind of gradual accumulation of knowledge that is usually seen in the history of science. This seems to corroborate Corso’s claim.

Of course, we shall not presume the aliens are biased toward the United States. Any country shall have the right to contact aliens, hopefully, for the improvement of human civilization. One may also argue that alien contact with the United States was triggered by the development of atomic bombs. Although the United States was the first to master atomic energy, many countries followed suit. Russia and China are members of this “atomic club.”

It is true that the number of reported UFO sightings in Russia and China are fewer than that of the United States, but that does not mean they have less importance. Books such as “Russia’s Roswell Incident: And Other Amazing UFO Cases From The Former Soviet Union” by Philip Mantle and Paul Stonehill carry solid evidence showing that Russian scientists were interested in studying strange object encounters of their military forces in the air, under the sea, and even in space.

Unfortunately, China is even less transparent than Russia in the area of UFO research. Official information concerning the UFO phenomenon is hard to gather and NGOs are not encouraged. We can only rely on newspaper reports and anecdotes. One of the few prominent cases of UFO sightings occurred on July 7, 2010: more than 20 flights were postponed at Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. A flight crew preparing for descent first detected “the object” around 8:40 p.m. and notified air traffic control. Aviation authorities responded within minutes, grounding outbound flights and diverting inbound ones to airports in Ningbo and Wuxi, cities in the same province.

Hangzhou residents saw a hovering object bathed in golden light with a comet-like tail on the same day and took some photos of it. They also witnessed a flying object emitting red and white rays of light. Was it sent by some foreign country for the purpose of testing the Chinese airforce’s speed of response or had the PLA Airforce tried to intercept the object? No answer has ever been given.

It would be naive to expect the truth concerning UFO phenomenon in China will be revealed soon. Traditional political ideology is not yet ready to cope with the existence of alien civilizations. However, if we study the lives of ancient Taoist sages and immortals, we can find cases that are similar to UFO sightings. Take the Yellow Emperor (軒轅黃帝)as an example:

According to the history book “Shiji” the Yellow Emperor excavated copper from a mine at Shoushan and cast the tripod (a tripod vessel with two handles) at the foot of mount Jingshan. After the tripod was cast, the Yellow Emperor died and a dragon in the clouds dropped its long beard to greet the Yellow Emperor. He climbed up and rode on the dragon’s back. The officials and concubines in the harem, together with more than 70 people, followed him onto the dragon’s back and the dragon flew into the sky. The other low-level officials were not allowed to go, but they all grabbed the dragon’s whiskers and did not let go. The dragon’s whiskers were pulled off and fell to the ground.

Was the dragon an alien spaceship? Were the dragon’s whiskers a gangway stretching down? Perhaps it is easier to find truth in ancient texts instead of modern government documents.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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Eddie Leung is a veteran Hong Kong journalist who has been working in various news media for more than three decades. His main interests range from Hong Kong affairs, international politics, movies, and Chinese kung fu. He is one of the pioneers of Hong Kong internet radio broadcast. Email: [email protected]