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Taiwan starts using drones to spy on China: Reports

Published on Jul 13, 2014 2:59 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of Chinese missiles, media reported on Sunday.

The army in March commissioned a fleet of 32 unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, developed by the military-run Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology.

Initially the drones, based in the eastern county of Taitung, were watching airspace in the east and south but lately they had extended their range to the Taiwan Strait, the Liberty Times said.

"Now they can effectively monitor China's military movements in the southeastern coastal area," an unnamed senior officer at the defence ministry was quoted as saying.

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