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A still image taken from video on March 22, 2014 shows an image of an object spotted in the southern Indian Ocean by the Gaofen-1 high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite of CNSA (China National Space Administration). Chinese satellites have spotted objects floating in the southern search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 aircraft that could be debris and has sent ships to investigate, Malaysia said on Saturday.
A still image taken from video on March 22, 2014 shows an image of an object spotted in the southern Indian Ocean by the Gaofen-1 high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite of CNSA (China National Space Administration). Chinese satellites have spotted objects floating in the southern search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 aircraft that could be debris and has sent ships to investigate, Malaysia said on Saturday.
(REUTERS TV/Reuters)

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE

What MH370 search tells us about China’s military buildup

It is only one satellite image. It is black and white. At its centre is a pixelated splotch, a chalky smudge against the blackness of the waves. The splotch may be a piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, but the image quality is poor – perhaps deliberately blurred – and offers little in the way of anything concrete.