China is the emerging super power in Asian region and in a time not so far away it may become world super power. To achieve such higher goal China has launched its own satellite system called Beidou into the orbit that will cover Asia Pacific by 2012 and rest of the world by 2020.
The country was relying on US satellites to provide navigation and positioning before it jumped into space-race independently. So no more reliance on US space tech.
To support this Big Dipper (Beidou’s alias) ten satellites have already been launched and another six will join them next year. A total of 35 satellites will combine as a system to cover the sectors of meteorology, fisheries, and telecom.