Defense Ministry officials in Taiwan are requesting Google to obscure the country’s missile defense locations, which were exposed in 3D detail in the newest upgrade of Google’s satellite map application.
Taiwan Defence Minister, Yen Teh-fa said an agency had been set up to work with Google and seek changes to safeguard national security and to protect the secret locations from being targeted by China in the event of conflict.
Google widely used as search engine and recently began updating 3D images of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Taichung cities as part of its map services. Citizens soon discovered that the National Security Bureau (NSB), Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB), and the country’s Patriot missile installation in Xindian district, all classified venues located in the greater Taipei area.
this resolution is really increadible!— rambo54 (@reutersanders) February 17, 2019
Found the disputed site with the help of @alert5
You easily can distinguish even the different canisters for PAC-2&3.
The existence of PAC-3 is not a sensation! It was already known that Taiwan got them. So to see a mix of PAC-2&3 is normal pic.twitter.com/LlImgBo0Cn
The Patriot missile is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system and highly mobile. It is primarily used by the United States’ military and several of its allied nations for
China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, even though the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.
Beijing has said it will not hesitate to use force if Taipei formally declares independence or in the case of external intervention – including by the United States, Taiwan’s strongest ally.