Taiwan asks Google to blur images of its military facilities on disputed South China Sea island

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https://www.rt.com/news/360200-taiwan-google-south-china-sea/

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has requested Google to blur satellite images it uses in its services of the Itu Aba Island in the contested South China Sea to conceal from public view the new military structures it holds in the area.

“Under the pre-condition of protecting military secrets and security, we have requested Google blur images of important military facilities,” Taiwan Defense Ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi said on Wednesday, as quoted by Reuters.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry stressed the information on the structures was highly confidential, refusing to give details about their purpose.

“It is inconvenient for us to reveal any military facilities we are installing on Taiping Island and what their purposes are, as they are all considered secret,” Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan said.

Taiwanese authorities said that they would check if any other facilities were inappropriately exposed and would report to Google if such were found.

There has not yet been a response from Google on the issue.

The current images used by Google Earth and Google Maps portray four giant structures placed in a semi-circle on the western coastline of Itu Aba, or Taiping Island, which is controlled by Taiwan but also claimed by China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Defense experts in Taiwan said the structures are most likely used for military or surveillance purposes.

“I think definitely it will be for military purposes, but I cannot tell if it is for defending, attacking or monitoring,” said Dustin Wang, a scholar and a former government advisor who has regularly visited Itu Aba, Reuters reported.

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“There has not yet been a response from Google on the issue.”

would google do the same for china?

it appears taiwan is doing the exact same thing as china..building island fortresses..

“The current images used by Google Earth and Google Maps portray four giant structures placed in a semi-circle on the western coastline of Itu Aba, or Taiping Island, which is controlled by Taiwan but also claimed by China, Vietnam and the Philippines.”

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~ by seeker401 on September 23, 2016.

2 Responses to “Taiwan asks Google to blur images of its military facilities on disputed South China Sea island”

  1. youtube is using third-party ‘peers’ to censored its content..

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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