China calling: Pakistan adopts Chinese rival to GPS system

Former Air Force pilot says Islamabad cannot rely on US GPS due to its questionable availability during conflict.

Afp May 19, 2013
Former Air Force pilot says Islamabad cannot rely on US GPS due to its questionable availability during conflict.


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 stated on 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, the 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.

According to him, building the network would cost tens of millions of dollars.

American website reported in 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 will next week travel to Pakistan after a visit to India.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2013.


Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian | 10 years ago | Reply

(PLF) Congratulates the Chinese Prime Minister Excellency Li Keqiang for the awarded of the Nishan-e-Pakistan and hoped that the relations between Pakistan and china will be more strengthing in future because the peoples of the China and Pakistan had very long term Friendship

(Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian) Founder/Secretary General Pakistan labour Federation (PLF) Affiliated with World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)

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