Japan-based US drones to spy on China: Report

Japan-based US drones to spy on China: Report

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RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicleJapan: The United States seeks to deploy a fleet of drones in Japan to monitor the Chinese military activities in the troubled Asia-Pacific region, according to reports revealed by Japanese media.

A recent report published in Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun said the US Air Force plans to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Misawa Air Base as early as late May.

According to the bilateral agreement officially acknowledged by the Japanese Defense Ministry, the unmanned aircraft are to stay there until October. The report said the drones may also be redeployed to Misawa and some other bases next year. A whole US fleet of drones may be operating in Japan as early as 2015, it added.

Sources say the Global Hawk drones will be watching Chinese naval ship movements in the China Sea and gathering other intelligence in the region.

However, the Japanese government officials say the drones will be used for multiple surveillance purposes across the country.

Source: Press TV