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India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam

People watch as India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6) blasts off carrying a 2117 kg GSAT-6 communication satellite from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota, India, August 27, 2015. REUTERS/STRINGER/FILES

India: In a move that might annoy China, India is planning to set up a satellite tracking and imaging centre in southern Vietnam. This $23-million ground station will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites covering the region of China and the South China Sea as well. In the light of growing tensions between Vietnam and China over the disputed South China Sea, Hanoi has anyway been looking for advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will fund and set up the satellite tracking and data reception centre in Ho Chi Minh City to monitor Indian satellite launches, Indian officials have said.

Source: Reuters