Google Maps accidentally exposes Taiwan’s secret military sites

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Kim Kyung-Hoon – Reuters

19 Feb 2019 | Lawrence Chung | Inkstone

Some of Taiwan’s most sensitive military sites – including its facilities for its US-made Patriot missiles – have been accidentally revealed to the public through Google’s latest 3D-rendered maps.

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Taiwanese lawmakers have demanded contingency plans to prevent the secret locations from being targeted by Beijing in the event of a conflict between the self-ruled island and the Communist Party-ruled mainland China.

Beijing claims democratic Taiwan as its territory, and has in recent years ramped up an international campaign to pressure countries and companies to recognize its claim. Beijing has not ruled out using force to take Taiwan if necessary.

 

Google’s new 3D 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 Taipei, Taoyuan, and Taichung, according to Google Earth.

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Missile launchers are clearly visible at this site in Ankeng district, Taipei. Photo: Google Maps
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