Google Maps expose Taiwanese secret military base in 3D view

        News oi-Vishal Kawadkar Google Maps’ recent update spills beans for the Taiwanese military. | Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 16:16 [IST] The latest update for Google Earth 3D maps might have accidentally spilled the beans for Taiwan by exposing their secret military base to the public. Some of the locations in full three-dimensional detail include a facility that is the home to Patriot missiles, and Taiwan’s National Security Bureau, reports The South China Morning Post. The update was meant to show public locations in Taipei, New…

Google Maps Reveals Images Of Sensitive Military Bases

In days gone by, being a spy was a tough job. It required unflappable nerve, a briefcase full of deadly contraptions, and a manageable drinking problem. Now, all you need is a smartphone. According to local media reports, an update of Google Maps shows detailed images of sensitive military facilities in Taiwan, including the National Security Bureau, the Military Intelligence Bureau, and a launch site for their US-made Patriot missiles. You can even make out the missiles from the maps. The structures were revealed after Google released an extension of…

Southeast Asia Is Being Flooded With Russian Weapons & Military Technology

By Matt Bartlett Russia’s “hard” power is generally well-understood. President Vladimir Putin has ensured this is the case, particularly through his proclivity to showcase Russian strength in Ukraine and Syria. And who could forget Russia’s arsenal of nuclear weapons? Not Donald Trump: Just last weekend, Washington cited Russian missile provocations as the reason the U.S. was suspending compliance of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. On the other hand, new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) suggests a rather different dimension of Russian power: being the key…

China’s Logistics Modernization is Changing the Pacific Military Balance

The well-worn formulation that “amateurs study tactics, while professionals study logistics” has significant explanatory power when considering the rapidly changing balance of power in the western Pacific. This derives from the single, unalterable fact that Beijing will operate on interior lines in almost any scenario in that theater, while Washington will operate on exterior lines in such a conflict. Thus, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will not only bring more initial firepower to any fight, but perhaps more importantly, can sustain that immense volume of firepower. “Blue” forces, by contrast,…

Taiwan’s darkest military secrets revealed by Google Maps

Some of Taiwan’s most sensitive military sites – including its facilities for the US-made Patriot missiles – have been accidentally revealed to the public through Google’s latest 3D-rendered maps. Lawmakers have demanded contingency plans to prevent the secret locations being targeted by Beijing in the event of a cross-strait conflict, while the self-ruled island’s defence minister has appealed for calm. Google’s new 3-D maps – an extension of its original satellite mapping of the world’s major cities – feature better imagery and three-dimensional terrain for four major cities in Taiwan:…

Taiwan – and America’s – military secrets revealed by Google Maps

Some of Taiwan’s most sensitive military sites – including its facilities for the US-made Patriot missiles – have been accidentally revealed to the public through Google’s latest 3D-rendered maps. Lawmakers have demanded contingency plans to prevent the secret locations being targeted by Beijing in the event of a cross-strait conflict, while the self-ruled island’s defence minister has appealed for calm. Google’s new 3-D maps -an extension of its original satellite mapping of the world’s major cities -feature better imagery and three-dimensional terrain for four major cities in Taiwan: Taipei, New…

China to strengthen military training and enhance combat readiness

TEHRAN – Amid political and diplomatic tensions with the U.S. and its allies, China is stepping up efforts to strengthen the military training and combat readiness of its national armed forces. According to reports in Chinese media, the country’s top military body has deployed inspectors and put in place a new oversight system to strengthen combat readiness of the People’s Liberation Army. In a report on Tuesday, the PLA Daily said President Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, has signed an order to release a…

US Military Mulls Base Deployment Near South China Sea – Adm Davidson

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Chinese “militarization” of the South China Sea has prompted the United States to begin discussing the possibility of relocating US forces and opening bases in the region, US Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson said in congressional testimony on Tuesday. “We have to accept the fact that the environment is changing so drastically in the South China Sea that it’s going to require new approaches”, Davidson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee. “It’s going to require us to think about some places, if not bases… We are in conversations with partners and allies about what…

World War 3: China nuclear carriers could confront US military in South China Sea | World | News

Currently China has only one aircraft carrier in service, versus 20 for the US. Beijing is attempting to build a navy which can match the US according to experts. According to former Chinese naval officer Wang Yunfei the new carriers will enter service in 2035. Mr Wang commented: “The country needs to keep developing until it is at the same level as the United States.” The new Chinese warship will be fitted with electromagnetic aircraft catapults, which are already deployed by the US navy. Separately, construction of China’s latest diesel…