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China Daily / 2020-08 / 01 / Page004

Beidou signals space tech independence

China Daily | Updated: 2020-08-01 00:00

Although launched more than one month ago, the official operation of the 55th and last satellite of the Beidou-3 Navigation Satellite System was formally announced by President Xi Jinping at a ceremony in Beijing on Friday. Which makes the BDS system one of the four global navigation systems providing global navigation and positioning services, the other three being the United States' GPS, Russia's Glonass-M and the European Union's Galileo networks.

The BDS system, which has been offering basic navigation services to countries and regions around the world, represents not only a step forward in global navigation but also a new beginning for China to further explore space for peaceful use in order to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

It goes without saying that the BDS system will also help safeguard national security, promote technological advancement and thus drive economic growth. But China, with a comprehensive set of space infrastructure, can also provide the world with more customized public services, and therefore better fulfill its international responsibilities and help the world address its challenges.

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