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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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By PandaBear on 5/9/2008 8:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say the communist are running China for 50+ years because people love them, but rather they are sick and tired of war and anyone that suck less than the Nationalist party at the time would be better.

The way they keep people from revolting is to keep everyone on alert that the Nationalist from Taiwan will be attacking any minute (and they actually did for the first 10-20 years after the liberation, my grandmom's sister's house got burn down from mortar fired from Taiwanese plane at the time).

The improvement of the last 20-30 years is long over due, not really the good work of the government. Remember Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea's living stand were so much better for so long ahead of China, that they are still behind due to the communists' rule and corruption.

Now I wouldn't say democracy is perfect and dictatorship is completely evil. Taiwan used to be in dictatorship until the last 10 years or so, and it was running fine. China was doing ok in massive project that can never be done quickly in democracy like US due to (cough cough, lobbyists and corrupted elected officials due to campaign money) various reasons. Let's also not forget that most civil war truly end only when a dictator arrives and kick everyone's ass (whether this is a good dictator or not is another story). Look at Lebanon, if a true dictator can finish the rebels from Syria off, there would be true peace right now.

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