China military bases threatened by luxury villas, fake tourists

BEIJING Tue Jul 1, 2014 11:10pm EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - The security of Chinese military bases is being threatened by illegally built high-rise buildings, and in one case villas built inside a base, and fake tourists seeking access to sensitive sites to spy, state media said on Wednesday.

Only a tiny fraction of the 4,800 local government and military bodies which are supposed to protect such facilities are currently doing their jobs properly, the official China Daily cited senior military officers as saying.

"Fake companies or sight-seeing tours are often used as pretexts by outside entities to approach sensitive Chinese facilities for the purpose of gathering military secrets," officer Song Xinfei told the newspaper.

One government on the southern resort island of Hainan, a province which has responsibility for the disputed South China Sea, allowed villas to be built by a foreign firm inside a base, it added, quoting the military's People's Liberation Army Daily.

Air bases have also been disturbed by high-rises built too close for safe flying operations, the China Daily added.

"There are more than 1,000 high-rises that exceed their approved heights inside the flight security perimeters of our air bases, leading to the closure of nearly 20 bases and about 100 accidents," another officer, Shan Shaoli, was quoted as saying.

The government hopes to address these problems by strengthening a law to protect military bases which was approved by China's largely rubber stamp parliament last week, the newspaper added.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry)

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mkhunt wrote:
spies from what countries? how about the proposed casino and hotel idea near San Diego…Las Vegas etc. and the entrapping women and student army spies…border crossing hoards of illigals going where in USA,

Jul 04, 2014 7:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rerednaw wrote:
I am curious why none of the countries or agencies that are doing the alleged spying were identified.

Jul 08, 2014 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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