China satellite navigation starts services to Asia

December 27, 2012

(AP)—A Chinese satellite navigation network created to eventually compete with America's Global Positioning System has started offering services to Asian users outside the country.

The network's spokesman, Ran Chengqi, said in a press briefing that the Beidou system is offering from Thursday services including positioning, navigation, time and text messaging to users in the Asia-Pacific region.

China expects Beidou to generate a 400 billion yuan ($63 billion) annual market for services to the transport, meteorology and telecommunications sectors.

China, and especially its military, have long been wary of relying on the United States' dominant , fearing that Washington might take the system offline in a conflict or an emergency.

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5 / 5 (1) Dec 28, 2012
This is the third replacement for America's GPS navigation system.

None of the countries producing these replacements believe that America will exist as a nation for much longer.

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