China launched the 12th and 13th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system into space with a Long March-3B carrier rocket in April of 2012. Photo: Xinhua

Beidou, China’s answer to GPS, is sorely needed

Navigation and tracking for weapons, aircraft and positioning systems are too important and sensitive to put in the hands of a foreign power

Topic |   China science

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China launched the 12th and 13th of its indigenous global navigation and positioning network known as Beidou, or Compass system into space with a Long March-3B carrier rocket in April of 2012. Photo: Xinhua
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