原文标题：China to deploy drones to conduct maritime surveillance
BEIJING: Amid increasing maritime disputes with a host of its neighbours, China today said it plans to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) along its coast line to conduct "remote-sensing marine surveillance."
"The plan also includes the construction of 11 UAV bases run by provincial maritime authorities," Yu Qingsong, a division chief of the State Oceanic Administration, said.
No further details on the scale or the schedule of the project were provided, but Yu noted that at least one drone would be stationed at each base, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.
The announcement came in the midst of maritime tensions between China and host of its neighbours over the disputed islands in the South and North China Sea.
The Xinhua report said China had earlier launched trial program last year in Liaoning Province where rented Drones were successfully used to take aerial photos of a 980 square kilometer sea area.
Local authorities said they could use the high-definition photos to discover illegal land reclamation and sand dredging as well as monitor marine environments along the coast and on islets.
A separate test on a drone-based 3D monitoring system was also conducted earlier this year by the maritime authority in east China's Jiangsu Province, the report said.
China is aggressively following up the status of maritime disputes with its neighbours, because of deep sea oil exploration... well in near future this disputes may take an ugly shape on International political map..
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Where are we on the race? Or are we still in the budgeting stage of the project?
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Prasanjit (Kalyan) replies to Santhosh
"it has already been announced some 20-25 years ago...the project is progressing at a steady pace"...lol
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wake up indian navy do someting better than china
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And these drones were built on the designs and technology of US drones which were shot down in Pak and handed over to China by Pak.....
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Seems like international center of economic and military powers is shifting away from USA to somewhere in the Pacific Ocean by China's attraction. Both the countries are desperate to establish as much control as possible in this area.
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china the next super power.
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China is already using drones on the China / India border for the last few years and because there is no radar system in India as such they have no idea that they are always monitoring Indian forces 24 hours.
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Horses Mouth (Everywhere)
AND Indian do NOT have One! We are happy to play remote sensing Satellites, no body knew they work?
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Marco Hsiao (Asia)
China (Mainland China ROC Taiwan Hong Kong Macau) is becoming more and more stronger. In 2025, Mainland China's GDP (nominal) and military should surpass the US; and India's GDP (nominal) and military should exceed the UK, too. All Asian countries should unite together for peace and prosperity. Asia has great future.
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Simon Lee (UK)
China is sending a strong signal to US who is stirring up trouble in the South China Sea. China is basically speaking the only language US understand - might is right!
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Gilbert Albright (Horsham, Pennsylvania)
Looks like it didn't take them long to replicate the American drone that crashed in Iran. I'm sure the Chinese gave the Iranians some really nice nuclear weapons technology in return for it.
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Question; why is it ok for the US to use UAV's for "surveillance" on other countries but not for those countries to do the same? Why is it ok for the US to have military bases beyond their own borders across the globe and not anyone else?
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Jim Bob (US)
Just like we in the US control our drones from far away...who says China or India cannot do the same. To say anything different, in my opinion, is pure lunacy.
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Morgan (Australia) replies to Jim Bob
Hi Jim, not lunacy, just hypocrisy. When China excercises financial muscle, it's called curreny manipulation. When the US does it, it's called quantitive easing. When middle eastern people attack a military target inside the US or a US ally, it's called terrorism. When the US executes an unarmed middle eastern person without trial (Bin Laden), it's called counter terrorism. Do as I say, not as I do.
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James (Ohio) replies to Morgan
You need to know international laws to figure out why CHina does what it does. You don't, so you really don't know what you're talking about. Secondly, China steals everything that has made it successful. Should give you an indication on how it views cooperation with anyone.
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HS (Singapore) replies to James
China must be doing a much better job than Tom Cruise in his "Mission Impossible" series, right? But with their predominance in high-end security technologies, why are USA and the West so hopeless in protecting their inventions and technologies from the clumsy Chinese thieves?
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raj (UK) replies to James
China steals everything... where do you get this claim. Your words sound like many of my Indian fellows. What I can say is USA stole and robbed a lots of lands from others. It is fact, isn't it?
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Dev Kumar (Gurgaon, Haryana)
Muscle flaxing by China....and why not....they have worked hard for these capabilities with Discipline,utmost dedication,Honesty and silently. There is hardly any corruption in China which makes this nation to stand out in CROWD. We dreamt India to overtake China but then high level of Corruption and non-govrnance in last many years hs pushed us back by many years.
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LD Bhatia (Delhi)
China which considers South China Sea to be its private sea does not want that foreign ships should pass through the vital sea-link without its permission. China which at one time was the main supporter and even best friend of Vietnam is at loggerheads with that country because Vietnam also lays claims to an island or two of the sea. But China does not want anything of the kind. China has the same kind of dispute with Japan and South Korea also.
China is now busy constructing 'colonies' on the disputed islands where people from the mainland China would be settled as they have been settled in large numbers in Tibet. China knows once this is accomplished, no neighbour of China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and Phillipines would be able to lay any claim to any island of the South China or Even East China Sea. That's why the deployment of drones now. After all China also considers itself to be equal to America in military strength.
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FACTS (Beijing) replies to LD Bhatia 19 hrs ago
In 10-15 years, Japan, Korea will side with CHina to create the east Asian Common Wealth, which will have by far the largest economy in the world, a lot bigger than Eurozone and North America. The conflicts between Korea-Japan-China will disappear by then, and East Asia will stand out as world #1 in science, engineering, business.
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Heinz57 (US/ROK) replies to FACTS 6 hrs ago
As a Korean/American I can say that you are speaking through your rear end.Koreans have no such vision of joining "Asian Commonwealth" that includes CHINA who supports the atrocities being committed Criminal North Korean Government against their own people. But then again what do one expect from the same Government who slaughtered thousands of the same Chinese people in just 1 swoop? Tinamin square.Stop your dreaming.
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LD Bhatia replies to FACTS 7 hrs ago
Latent antagonsims running through centuries always remain. They would remain in the case of China, Japan and South Korea. Japan and South Korea would never, never trust China. There is no question of the type of grand alliance as you have written being forge even in the distant future..
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WtSane (USA) replies to FACTS 12 hrs ago
I wish China luck. They will shortly discover what America has, that being out in front means everybody wants to take you down. The world will also discover that America wasn't so bad after all, but by then, too late. Enjoy your slave labor camps!
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LD Bhatia (Delhi) replies to WtSane 7 hrs ago
America would remain America a beacon of light for everybody to see from afar. China is out to assimilate as many countries as it can the biggest example being that of Tibet.
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