Pakistan adopts Chinese GPS satellite system

Pakistan will become the fifth Asian country to use China's domestic satellite navigation system.

Afp May 18, 2013
Thailand, China, Laos and Brunei already use the Chinese system, which currently consists of 16 operational satellites. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

BEIJING: Pakistan is set to become the fifth Asian country to use China's domestic satellite navigation system which was launched as a rival to the US global positioning system, a report said Saturday.

The Beidou, or Compass, system started providing services to civilians in the region in December and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020. It also has military applications.

Thailand, China, Laos and Brunei already use the Chinese system, which currently consists of 16 operational satellites, with 30 more due to join the system, according to English-language China Daily.

Huang Lei, international business director of BDStar Navigation, which promotes Beidou, told the newspaper the company would build a network of stations in Pakistan to enhance the location accuracy of Beidou.

He said building the network would cost tens of millions of dollars.

American website Defensenews.com reported early May that Pakistani military experts were in favour of using the Chinese system, even though the availability of the signal could not be guaranteed in case of conflict.

But according to one of them, Pakistan cannot place its trust in the United States.

“Pakistan's armed forces cannot rely on US GPS because of its questionable availability during a conflict that has overtones of nuclear escalation,” former Pakistan Air Force pilot Kaiser Tufail told the site.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang travels next week to Pakistan, a long time ally, after a visit to India.

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W. S. | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@sagar:

Well, sir, let's make it clear that Pakistan has no concern with whatever is the intention of China for India behind such good relations with us. All we know is that they've been keeping good with us from the beginning and so we should try to be honest towards our relation. And as far as I think, and believe, that we're in such conditions which have tremendously made us reserved to our own business. Lastly, I appreciate your nation's concentration towards their good, and they're doing it very well indeed. Keep it up. Long live Pak-China friendship. Regards.

sagar | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Firstly, china is fond of Pakistan only because of strategic advantage that it can have over India at war times. Secondly, if china believes that it can go to any extent without Pakistan your friendship with china? Answer yourself. Thirdly, if the economies between India and China continues to build the relation in any terms, imagine the consequence my dear neighbor. Fourth, please don't blame Indian R&D you don't deserve to.You know why! Fifth, please concentrate on building your own nation as we did from the day of our independence. Sixth, you are our beloved neighbor always and its up to you to retain it. Namaskar :)

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