China’s counter to GPS targets SE Asia en route to global market

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com

China is aggressively pressing its global positioning service, known as the Beidou, into service throughout the entire Southeast Asia region.

A model of the Beidou satellite system at the Zhuhai Airshow.  /Xinhua
A model of the Beidou satellite system at the Zhuhai Airshow. /Xinhua

The goal is to extend coverage regionally, before achieving global coverage by 2020.

China views Southeast Asia as key to countering the influence of the United States and Japan in its push to dominate the South China Sea.

“The ASEAN nations are China’s natural partners and are the primary customers of our Beidou service,” said Ran Zhengqi, the chief of staff for the China Satellite Navigation System Management Administration, the state authority for the Beidou system.

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