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New navigation system boosts China's military power, tech clout

BeiDou also offers countries and firms an alternative to US-controlled GPS, say experts

China last Friday commissioned its answer to the US' global positioning system (GPS) , in a move it has heralded as a major milestone in its quest to become a space power.

But beyond that, China's BeiDou navigation system has substantial strategic and economic implications, experts say.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2020, with the headline 'New navigation system boosts China's military power, tech clout'. Print Edition | Subscribe