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Beidou makes inroads into neighbouring countries

China: China’s Beidou satellite navigation system, touted to be an alternative to America’s GPS, has made steady progress in South East Asian region despite various disputes over Beijing’s claims on the South China Sea.

Two Southeast Asian countries, Laos and Brunei, will be adopting the navigation system through research and co-operation agreements, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology said.

Beidou’s advances in a number of South East Asian countries like Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines comes despite of their maritime disputes with China over its claims of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea.

Source: The Hindu Business Line