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Comparing Aerial and Satellite Images of China's Spratly Outposts

On February 5, the  Philippine Daily Inquirer  published a  series of aerial photos  of China’s seven outposts in the Spratly Islands. The photos, most of which were taken in late 2017 by an unspecified patrol aircraft from an altitude of 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), offered glimpses of Beijing’s military facilities at a level of detail rarely seen before. They also reinforced a message that AMTI delivered most recently in  December : these artificial islands now host substantial, largely complete, air and naval bases, and new construction continues apace despite diplomatic overtures between China and its fellow claimants. The aerial photos published by the  Inquirer  do not reveal any new capabilities on the artificial islands, but they do offer an important new perspective. These images communicate the relative sizes, and especially heights, of individual facilities more effectively than satellite imagery, though without the same ability to show the bases in their entirety. Comparing

Baloch Republican Party protests in Munich against Pak atrocities ANI | Updated: Feb 17, 2018 22:11IST Munich  [ Germany ], Feb 17 (ANI): The  Baloch Republican Party 's (BPR)  Germany  chapter has held a rally and a protest demonstration in  Munich  on the occasion of a  Security Conference  conducted in the city. The  Munich   Security Conference saw participation of 70 countries including Pakistan. The protest was aimed at informing the participants of the security conference about the ongoing Pakistani atrocities and  human rights  violations in Balochistan, BPR Central spokesman,  Sher Mohammad Bugti , said, in a statement, adding that a large number of party activists joined the protest and rally. While addressing the rally, BRP  Germany  Chapter's President, Jawad Baloch said, "Pakistan is cancer not only for Balochistan but for the entire region, particularly, Afghanistan and India, by harbouring relig