China says new satellite will help safeguard interests at sea: Report

(From 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.

Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands

FILE PHOTO: 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

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 newspaper.

“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 newspaper. Read More



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