News Briefing: Chinese Military Power Revealed Through Satellite Imagery
When: Friday, May 12, 2000, 9 AM
Where: National Press Club, Zenger Room, Washington, DC
Contact: Charles Ferguson 202-675-1007

The Center for Defense Information (CDI) and the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will reveal new high-resolution satellite images of Chinese airfields facing Taiwan. These images from the Space Imaging IKONOS satellite provide insight into the potential of Chinese air power operations against Taiwan. The public release of these images comes just eight days before the inauguration of Chen Shui-bian as President of Taiwan, with Congressional action on trade relations with China days later. CDI analysts will present a series of military options that might be considered by the People's Republic of China, from a show of force escalating to an invasion by land and sea and will discuss the consequences of these operations for U.S. policies.

The following FAS and CDI representatives will be available for questions during and after the presentation:
B7        = x-tab> Mr. John Pike, Director of the Space Policy Project, FAS
B7        = x-tab> Mr. Tim Brown, Security Analyst, Public Eye Project, FAS
B7        = x-tab> Dr. Charles Ferguson, Director of the Nuclear Policy Project, FAS
B7        = x-tab> Dr. Bruce Blair, President, CDI
B7        = x-tab> RADM USN (Ret.) Eugene Carroll, Vice President, CDI
B7        = x-tab> Dr. Nicholas Berry, Senior Analyst, Asia Forum, CDI

A detailed analysis of Chinese military facilities is available on the Website of the Federation of American Scientists at htm The new high resolution satellite imagery will be online Friday morning. News media wishing to reproduce copyrighted imagery for publication or broadcast should contact Mark Brender at SpaceImaging at 703-558-0309 or Amy Opperman at 303-254-2078 to make the necessary licensing arrangements.

For CDI's analysis of Asian security issues, visit its Website at and click on Nicholas Berry's "Asia Forum."

The Federation of American Scientists is a privately-funded policy organization whose Board of Sponsors includes over 50 American Nobel Laureates. FAS was founded in 1945 by members of the Manhattan Project who produced the first atomic bomb. The FAS Public Eye project is acquiring imagery of nuclear and missile facilities around the world. In January, it released imagery of a North Korean missile test facility. In March, it presented imagery of Pakistan's nuclear and missile facilities, and imagery of Area 51 was released in April.

Founded in 1972 as an independent monitor of the military, the Center for Defense Information is a private, non-governmental, research organization. Its directors and staff believe that strong social, political, and military components and a healthy environment contribute equally to the nation's security. CDI seeks realistic and cost effective military spending without excess expenditures for weapons and policies that increase the danger of war.
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