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June 29, 2017

By Chris Biggers

China’s Liaoning Departs Qingdao

China’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has departed its home port of Qingdao, recent imagery acquired by Planet confirms. China’s Ministry of Defense said the carrier would conduct routine training while also making a two day port call in Hong Kong.  This year marks the former city state’s 20th anniversary under Chinese rule since being handed…

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June 1, 2016

By Chris Biggers

China Deploys UAVs to Woody Island

In case you missed it, over the US Memorial Day weekend new satellite imagery was published showing some new developments on Woody Island, China’s important governing outpost for its claimed islands in the South China Sea. The space snapshots acquired during April by ImageSat International (ISI) show new drone deployments to the expanded island adding…

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January 11, 2016

By Chris Biggers

China Ramps Up Rotations at Tibet’s Gonggar Airfield

China has increased the size of rotations at its Lhasa Gonggar airbase located in Tibet, satellite imagery has revealed. DigitalGlobe space snapshots from November 2014 show eight Chengdu Aircraft Corporation J-10s parked on the operations apron at the Lhasa-based civil-military airport (above image). The airport is located approximately 130 miles from the disputed territory of…

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December 30, 2015

By Chris Biggers

China Ramps Up Rotations at Hotan

While India and Bangladesh settled their land border issues, China and India still maintain their competing claims. Recent satellite imagery may suggest that our state actors are playing an increasingly aggressive game. Located less than 80 miles from the Aksai Chin disputed border area, the Hotan civil-military airport has seen larger deployments in the past…

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August 23, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Satellite Imagery Captures China’s Divine Eagle UAV at Shenyang

China’s enormous Divine Eagle UAV is larger than the U.S. Air Force’s Global Hawk, recently released satellite imagery suggests. While China’s UAVs are getting better, if not bigger, little is known about one of its latest models. Photos of China’s mysterious UAV appeared in May and June while a concept of operations along with payload specs was released earlier…

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July 8, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Did China Just Build a New Midget Submarine – Update

Three weeks ago, I wrote over at the Swiss defense blog, Offiziere, requesting information about a possible new Chinese midget submarine spotted at the Wuchang shipyard. The article was widely spread and cross-posted here on Bellingcat, among others. Unfortunately, we didn’t receive any substantive information and even Offiziere partner sites like CIMSEC remained silent. A week after…

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June 19, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Did China Just Build a New Midget Submarine?

Imagery acquired by commercial satellite firm DigitalGlobe from October 2014 shows what appears to be a new midget submarine at China’s Wuchang shipyard. The space snapshots captured the vessel berthed at the shipyard’s fitting out pier. According to imagery measurements, the vessel has a load waterline length of approximately 35 meters and a beam of approximately…

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May 3, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Venezuela’s Aframax Tanker Still at Iran’s Sadra Shipyard

Looks like Iran was unable to deliver the Sorocaima, its first indigenously-built Aframax tanker, to Venezuela after all. Previously, we thought that Iran may have pulled it off. Historical imagery from April to October 2014 did not show the vessel berthed at the shipyard suggesting it had been delivered. But instead, it apparently dropped anchor off…

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February 22, 2015

By Ethan Rosen

What is China Building in the South China Sea?

The South China Sea contains some of the planet’s most disputed territory. Six countries — China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei — are squaring off as they compete over the rights to the sea. The dispute centers on the contested Spratly Island Chain, a hodgepodge of small islands and submerged reefs which lie…

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