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The Chinese navigation system will include an encrypted channel as well

People all over the planet depend on the GPS satellite positioning system for all sorts of things from navigating in their cars to keeping up with equipment and personnel. China says that it intendeds to have an operational GPS system covering all of Asia by 2010.

Despite the 2010 date specified, Chinese officials aren’t giving up much information. In fact officials from Japan say that it and China have had no talks concerning interoperability of the two nations GPS satellite systems. This is despite the fact that both China and Japan are members of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICGNSS) that was founded to ensure global interoperability of navigation satellite networks.

China has also not yet completed frequency coordination with the other ICGNSS member nations including the U.S., Europe, Russia and others. According to, Chinese officials said at the Toulouse Space Show that China’s global Compass/Beidou system would be fully compatible with the U.S. GPS, European Galileo, and Russian Glonass global navigation constellations.

Japanese officials are concerned about the Chinese Asia regional system because Japan is developing its own regional system called the Quazi Zenith Satellite Systems which will have three satellites in a highly elliptical orbit with an apogee over Japan and Asia. According to Satoshi Kogure from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Japanese Agency some in Japan feel the Chinese navigation satellite system is an important issue for Japanese national security.

The head of the Galileo unit at the European Commission financing the development of the Galileo constellation notes that when the U.S., Russian, Chinese and European medium Earth satellites are added together there could be 120 operational navigation satellites in medium Earth orbit.

The Chinese satellite system will also reportedly include an encrypted channel, presumably for use by the Chinese military.

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RE: Japan is worrying about China?
By pxavierperez on 5/9/2008 7:05:45 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget in the 90s China were purposely shooting their missiles close to Taiwan and Japan while claiming they were just doing military training. That's being a bully. Adding North Korea into the fold it's only logical that Japan would want to build national defenses.

And as far bringing World War Two is a really pathetic attempt to vilify Japan. Japanese people are completely different now than what they were before. The current government does not go around ordering the massacre of protesting students. China does.

Plus in World War Two, there were thousands of Asians volunteers who joined the Japanese auxiliary troops called the Heihos to fight the Allied Forces. From Indonesia alone there were 40,000 who joined the Japanese forces to fight the Allies in Malaysia and up to Burma. Even Taiwan was a close ally with Japan during World War Two. Except for the Philippines, for many Asian countries the Japanese helped get rid of their European oppressor.

The only reason why the British and other European nations fought along the US in the Pacific was to get back to their assets. Except for the US. much of the Allied forces were not in it to liberate Asia. They just wanted to get their colonies back.

In the 1980s forward, Japan had done a lot more in helping the economy of their Asian neighbors than China has ever done. Their Asian Development Bank had overseen many projects to help strengthen the infrastructure of Vietnam, Thailand and other third world Asian countries at the time. And as much as South Koreans would hate to admit, Japan direct injection into their businesses spur the economic growth which they enjoyed currently. Japan helped built much of what Taiwan is today.

History are often by written the victors. Much of Asian's fears of Japan today are mostly implanted artificially by the victors of World War Two.

By PandaBear on 5/9/2008 9:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you dare claims that the Taiwanese volunteering for the Japanese auxiliary troops. They were sucking the place dry back then and were treated as 2nd class citizens of a colony.

Colony is not a volunteer. Go ask any native Indigenous Taiwanese (the mountain people) and everyone would tell you how much they hated the way Japanese treat them.

I don't have anything against this generation of Japanese people. Most of them agree that in WWII Japan was invading other countries, and have done some pretty f--ked up things back then. They are not the blood loving war mongers of the past (actually even back then most people are not war mongers, just the top government officers and business owners). What I have problem with is how they alter the history textbook and try to brainwash the next generation in thinking that Japanese were the hero of Asia that kick the Europeans out, but in fact they do that so they can be the colonists.

You said the Japanese build what is the Taiwan today. That is false. USA help build what is the Taiwan of today.

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