China: China has collected detailed topographic data and images of over 10,000 islands using aerial remote sensing to improve surveillance. The completion of the project marks China's first ‘systematic and comprehensive’ move to collect surveillance information on more than 10,500 islands within its territory, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.
China has disputes over islands with Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan in South China Sea and Diauyu/Senkaku islands with Japan in East China Sea.
It took three years of work by the aviation law enforcement forces with the China Marine Surveillance (CMS) to complete the collection of data, SOA revealed.
An islands surveillance plan mapped out by the SOA in 2011 required the CMS to conduct remote sensing and collect data on all reachable islands every three years, and said such efforts should focus on islands listed for development, rehabilitation and protection.
Source: Zee News