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China is celebrating the completion of the Beidou competitor GPS satellite network

China is commemorating the accomplishment of its Beidou Satellite Navigation Program, which could surpass the United States. Global Positioning System is a significant boost to the stability and geopolitical power of China. President Xi Jinping, president of the communist party of china and People’s Liberation Army, formally commissioned the device at an event in Beijing’s People’s Great Hall on Friday.

That occasion followed an announcement that the constellation’s 55th and final geostationary satellite launched on June 23 was in service after completing all tests. The satellite is a vital component of the Beidou system’s third reiteration known as BDS-3 that started providing navigation solutions in 2018, along with many others, to countries participating in China’s extensive infrastructure initiative known as “Belt and Road.” And is also an exceptionally high degree of precision navigation aid, the system provides short text messages interaction of up to 1,200 Chinese characters and even the ability to transfer images. 

Even though China says it is pursuing cooperation with other global navigation satellites, Beidou could contend against GPS, GLONASS in Russia, and Galileo systems in the European Union. That is close to just how Chinese smartphone manufacturers and other technologically savvy hardware producers took on their foreign competitors.

Among China’s chief benefits is the capacity to substitute GPS to guide its missiles, which is particularly important nowadays in the face of rising frictions with Washington. It intends to raise China’s political and economic leverage over the system’s adoption by nations, guaranteeing that they align with China’s stance on Taiwan, the South China Sea in Tibet, and other contentious topics or risks losing access.

Upon becoming the only third nation to fly a crewed flight in 2003, China’s space agency has progressed rapidly, with the country launching a spacecraft, lander, and explorer to Mars this month. If successful, China will become the only other nation to land on Mars other than the U.S. China also built an exploratory space station, then sent a couple of rovers to the moon’s surface. Further to that, its plans require a fully operating perpetual space station and an available crew flight to the moon.

In conclusion, the initiative has undergone some drawbacks, including launch delays. It has had restricted coordination with space projects from other states, partially due to U.S. opposition to its close ties with the Chinese military.