China in the month of May 2013 commissioned a satellite data receiving station meant to monitor the disputed South China Sea, where Beijing was involved in maritime disputes with a number of South East Asian countries.
The satellite data receiving station was launched in the China’s southern island province of Hainan by the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
With the commissioning of station China will now be able to obtain satellite remote sensing data of the country’s southern territorial waters for civil use directly from its ground-based receiving facility.
It is important here to note that the station has two sets of data receiving and transmission systems, getting information from more than 10 satellites.
Also, a research centre based at the Sanya station was launched that is going conduct scientific research in disaster monitoring, marine sciences and of the environment.