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Chinese satellite system spreads around the globe

Beidou, China’s satellite navigation system, will cover countries along the ancient silk road trade route within the next year, the Chinese government has said.

China will fulfil its ambition to provide satellite navigation services to large swathes of the Middle East, Russia and central and eastern Europe in 2018, Wu Yanhua, the deputy head of the China National Space Administration, said on 11 September.

The Beidou system is being expanded to provide navigation services to countries along the Belt and Road route, the site of China’s $1-trillion programme of economic diplomacy. The programme aims to build up infrastructure in countries including Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and Bangladesh, as well as a large part of eastern Europe.

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