Taiwan’s top military secret accidentally exposed by Google Maps – Daily News

Taiwan is in talks with Google to blur images of its most sensitive military sites that have been accidentally revealed to the public through its latest 3D-rendered maps Detailed satellite images on Google’s new 3-D maps exposed the location and structures of the self-ruled island’s classified Patriot missile defence base in Xindian District, New Taipei – down to the types of launchers and models of the missiles Defence infrastructure at the National Security Bureau and the Military Intelligence Bureau were also revealed in detail, according to Taiwan media   Share this article Share 477 shares The structures were disclosed after Google launched the new function on Wednesday to feature three-dimensional terrain for four major cities in Taiwan: Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, and Taichung, according to Central News Agency   and to protect the secret locations from being targeted by Beijing in the event of a cross-strait conflict  ‘Actually, the site of defence infrastructure at times of peace will not be the same as those at times of war,’ Yen noted, as he tried to assure the public that the exposure will not affect Taiwan’s military operations . Taiwan’s Fort Act prevents tech companies such as Google and Apple from revealing major military bases on the island But the law does not extend to all sites including the Xindian installation.  Yen admitted Taiwan is not the only country facing national security threats in the face of advanced and precise commercial satellite technology   This is not the first time Taiwan had asked Google to make alterations to their maps  In 2016, ministry had to ask Google to blur out part of Taiping Island, or Itu Aba in the South China Sea that showed four new military structures on the western coastline   China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949 Relations between Taipei and Beijing have had a rocky start to 2019 after Xi Jinping delivered a bellicose speech last month describing the island’s unification with the mainland as ‘inevitable’  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  

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