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China plans to have 100 eyes in the sky
Updated: 2004-11-16 15:30

China plans to launch more than 100 satellites before 2020 to watch every corner of the country,  China Central Television quoted a government official as saying Tuesday.

A "large surveying network" would be set up to monitor water reserves, forests, farmland, city construction and "various activities of society," a government official said.

"The aim is that, at any time and any place, we can obtain necessary data on any event through watching the Earth from space," said Shao Liqin, an official with the Ministry of Science and Technology.

China regularly sends research satellites into orbit and in October last year became the third nation successfully to put a man in space when a single astronaut orbited Earth 14 times.

In August, China launched a satellite that carried out land and mapping surveys for several days before returning to Earth.

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