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Beijing deploys drones for South China Sea surveillance

Air and land system steps up monitoring of contested area

A network of drones has been deployed by Beijing to watch over the islands and reefs of the disputed South China Sea.

  • Liu Zhen
  • South China Morning Post

The network, run by the Ministry of Natural Resources, covers the uninhabited, hard-to-reach islands as well as the vast open waters of the area, according to the ministry’s South Sea Bureau.

The drone communication chain has “extremely enhanced our dynamic surveillance of the South China Sea, and expanded our reach to the high seas”, the bureau said on its…

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