To counter US GPS, China launches indigenous navigation system BeiDou

In China, Xi Jinping, leader of the ruling Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army, officially launched the indigenous BeiDou Navigation Satellite System at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. It was previously announced that the 55th and final satellite for the navigation satellite system, launched on 23 June, has begun work after all tests. The US can counter the Global Positioning System (GPS) and increase China’s political as well as geopolitical dominance. India has its own navigational navigation system but is not accessible to the general public. India has built it before China but the Indian government has no appreciation for the indigenous system.


China will not need to use American GPS. It will also help Chinese GPS smartphones, driverless cars, planes and ships. It will also guide China’s ambitious driverless high speed trains. American GPS can compete with Russia’s GLONASS and the European Union’s Galileo network. China’s main advantage would be that it could use its navigation system to direct its missiles instead of GPS, and the U.S. This is considered particularly important in situations of increasing stress.