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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 eeto on 5/9/2008 10:45:58 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't agree more, and I thought JP is only allowed to own a small military ever since WW2, and also the US Okinawa base is supposed to guard them or keep an eye on them. That's was part of the surrender requirements during that time. It's also very interesting to me that people view communism towards a dictatorship way. It seems to me a lot of people enjoying viewing the Chinese government this way.

I have read through so many comments, and I keep asking myself my view towards JP. As some of you pointed out they helped the world move on, they are friendly people... Probably influenced by their technology presence in the world. Ya, I can't deny that I do like their gadgets and stuff, however JP people are just as friendly as any people in the world, just as racist and JP-only as none in the world.

RE: Japan is worrying about China?
By pxavierperez on 5/9/2008 7:10:05 PM , Rating: 2
you really have no clue about the Japanese culture and here you are accusing people being fed by the media.

You made a comment about Yasukuni Shrine, but before i explain what it really is about since it's obvious you clearly have no idea, let me touch upon one point in your criticism.

You critized the Japanese dedicated the shrine to a group of fascist criminals. I take it you lack a bit of history lesson since China's Super Hero Mao Zedong (Tse-Tung) wasn't only a fascist but a communist tyrant too. There were ten times more Chinese who were killed during his rule than during the Japanese occupation. And last I visited China, the Chinese government/people pretty much worship and commemorate Mao as a national hero. Heck, they make a song worshiping him. Ever hear of the "East is Red?"

The Chinese likes to think that the Red symbolizes the flag. But many Chinese survivors know it's the river of blood spilled during Mao's reign.

So if the Chinese can worship and venerate a mass murderer of their own people to Saint Hood, I suppose the Japanese can visit the graves of dead World War Two soldiers.

Now let me tell what the Yasukuni Shrine really is . The Japanese believe that when a person died violently his soul rests uneasily and may cause havoc among the living . So they build these shrines to calm the dead spirits so that they may leave the living people, you and me, alone, peacefully . And THAT is what the Yasukuni Shrine is for!

Thus on annual basis political figures visit the shrine to pray so that these tortured souls can rest peacefully and leave their administration in peace.

It isn't about hero worship the way the Chinese put up a big poster of Mao the dictator for everyone to bow and kneel down to kiss his feet.

Go and do research in the Japanese consulate nearby before you go blabbering about your media fed believes.

And the only Asian countries that are continuously critical or a bit concern of Japan military built up are either South Korea and China. North Korea is suspicious of everyone. China have a political agenda rather than thinking in behalf of the security of Asia. China would rather prefer to be the sole super power in the region and see Japan as a competitor. So don't go generalizing as if every Asians hate Japanese.

By PandaBear on 5/9/2008 8:46:30 PM , Rating: 2
Calm down dude.

Most people in China don't worship Mao Zedong, much like people in Cuba don't worship Fidel Castro. It is the government that try to make themselves look good that made the song and the national hero thing going. (I used to live in that country when I was younger, so I know this part better than you).

That being said. What the Chinese couldn't stand about the Yasukuni Shrine is that [B]Japanese government refuse to apologize for the damage it did to other countries in WWII [/B]. This is not just the Chinese, but also the Korean people that were suffering during the time. Sure, during Mao 10x more Chinese die due to political reason, but that is internal business within China and not Chinese killing 10x as many Japanese. This doesn't make Japanese WWII war crime (forcing women into army prostitutes, using civilians as bio-weapon research objects, mass murder, rape, etc).

Let's not also forget that it is the ultra nationalist right wing Japanese that give political pressure to the government officials to visit the shrine. To me I couldn't care less if a civilian visit it, but [B]the whole motive behind the head of state visiting the shrine[/B] due to political reason, is [B]a hidden message that we refuse to apologize[/B], and if we were to do it again we still would.

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