原文标题：China launches rival GPS satellite system
China has launched commercial and public services across the Asia-Pacific region on its domestic satellite navigation network built to rival the US global positioning system.
The Beidou system started providing services to civilians in the region on Thursday and is expected to
provide global coverage by 2020, state media reported.
Ran Chengqi, spokesman for the China Satellite Navigation Office said the system's performance was "comparable" to GPS, the China Daily said.
"Signals from Beidou can be received in countries such as Australia," he said.
It is the latest accomplishment in space technology for China, which aims to build a space station by the end of the decade and eventually send a manned mission to the moon.
China sees the multi-billion-dollar programme as a symbol of its rising global stature, growing technical expertise, and the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.
The Beidou system comprises 16 navigation satellites and four experimental satellites, the paper said. Ran added that the system would ultimately provide global navigation, positioning and timing services.
The start of commercial services comes a year after Beidou began a limited positioning service for China and adjacent areas.
China began building the network in 2000 to avoid relying on GPS.
"Having a satellite navigation system is of great strategic significance," the Global Times, which has links to the Communist Party, said in an editorial.
"China has a large market, where the Beidou system can benefit both the military and civilians," the paper said.
"With increases in profit, the Beidou system will be able to eventually develop into a global navigation satellite system which can compete with GPS."
In a separate report, the paper said satellite navigation was seen as one of China's "strategic emerging industries".
Sun Jiadong, the system's chief engineer, told the 21st century Business Herald newspaper that as Beidou matures it will erode GPs's current 95% market share in China, the Global Times said.
India too has a GPS system it is called the Gandhi Payment System where this family makes money out of foolish Indian people who vote them in and they freely rob us and have created a r@pist society in India.
印度也有GPS系统，叫做甘地支付系统(Gandhi Payment System)，这个系统被甘地家族用于压榨给其投票的愚蠢印度人，甘地家族随意掠夺我们，制造了一个到处是强奸犯的社会。
Whatever it is, this has defencse implications for India. Shall not be allowed to function in India.
Having a satellite navigation system is of great strategic significance," that is the operative part of this system.the military and espionage angle
Joseph Sampana, Philippines
Hope this so called rival system doesn't act like viral system showing Europe in Asia and Manila in Madrid. stolen technology doesn't help always so my comment.
India should adapt Beidou and abandon GPS. European Union will also Abandon GPS in favor of its own Galileo Positioning System (ironically named GPS). It will GPS more expensive and financially untenable. India should demonstrate Asian Solidarity and switch to Beidou
Hey Pokistini, Why are you worried about Napakistan called India?
Since when did you start thinking about India? Your comments have always been anti-India!!
Your comments always lack any logic and considered retarded. Stop commenting. Your presence here is an insult to human intelligence.
Hey Poki Man. China will finish your Allah
Looks like you re mentally retarded buddy. Look for a neurologist soon.
Actually China should donate the GPS completely to South Korea and Vietnam to demonstrate Asian solidarity. China should also stop calling every piece of land its own land because some of their grand fathers had a dream to show solidarity. But more than all, it should allow its people some freedom to demonstrate solidarity to its own nation. Finally, one free advice to you like you do. You should stop thinking and talking from you a@@ to demonstrate solidarity towards brown men barring Pakistani's of course.
What is the standing of India on this issue.
JB Gulbagh Singh
That is my question too. Where are we in the midst of the continuous struggle between the political parties?