China Finally Completes its Own GPS Alternative & Pakistan Can Access it
Muhammad Mubeen Javed
China has been working on its global navigation system. Earlier this year, the last few batches of satellites for the BeiDou navigation system were launched. Now, it is ready to provide services globally.
The Beidou navigation system will only rival the United States’ GPS, Russian’s GLONASS, and the EU’s Galileo. Pakistan and more than 100 other countries have started the system and have become a part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
This project involved 300,000 scientists, technicians, and engineers from 400 different domestic institutes and universities. The projects had been under development since the 1990s. it has finally been completed in 2020. Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping commissioned a new system at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.
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“The completion of BeiDou-3 was because core technologies cannot be begged or bought from other countries.”
It reduces reliance on foreign navigation systems. it was revealed that:
“By the end of 2019 in the Chinese mainland, more than 6.5 million road vehicles, 80,000 buses in 36 major cities, 40,000 postal and express delivery vehicles, 3,200 inland navigation facilities, and 2,900 marine navigation facilities had adopted the BDS, forming the world’s largest dynamic monitoring system for road vehicles.