China says new satellite will help
safeguard interests at sea: China Daily
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[August 11, 2016]
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A newly
launched satellite will help China protect its maritime interests, the
official China Daily newspaper reported on Thursday amid growing
tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea.
The "Gaofen 3" satellite that was launched on Wednesday has a radar
system that captures images from space with a resolution down to 1 meter
(3 feet) and can operate in all weathers, the State Administration of
Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence told the
"The satellite will play an important role in monitoring the marine
environment, islands and reefs, and ships and oil rigs," the China Daily
said, citing project leader Xu Fuxiang.
"Satellites like the Gaofen 3 will be very useful in safeguarding the
country's maritime rights and interests," he added, according to the
In July, an international court in The Hague ruled against China's
claims in the resource-rich South China Sea in an action brought by the
Philippines, a decision stridently rejected by Beijing.
China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in
ship-borne trade passes every year.
Vietnam, China and Taiwan claim all of the disputed Spratly islands in
the South China Sea, while the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim
some of the area.
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Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around
Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea
in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance
aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S.
Navy/Handout via Reuters/File Photo
Reuters reported this week that Vietnam had discreetly fortified
several of its islands in the South China Sea with new mobile rocket
That followed satellite photos in July that showed China appeared to
have built reinforced aircraft hangars on some of the disputed
(Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Paul Tait)
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