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Beidou to extend services to more countries

China: China's Beidou navigation satellite system, whose positioning accuracy will reach 2.5 metres by 2020, will soon provide services to more countries.

The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation said China will cooperate with several countries, including Mexico, Israel and Sweden, to improve establishment of the Beidou system and geoinformation database.

International cooperation and establishing monitoring stations in foreign countries are essential for improving the accuracy of the system, said Li Pengde, the administration's deputy director.

"The system now covers the Asia-Pacific region, but by 2020 it will cover the whole world," Li said at the third United Nations global geo-spatial information management forum.

Miao Qianjun, executive vice-president of the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location-Based Service Association of China, said the country will cooperate with Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian countries to promote the Beidou system.

"This year, China has worked with some Southeast Asian countries to promote the system, including Thailand, Pakistan and Laos," Miao said. "Next year will be essential for expanding the system in the Asia-Pacific region."

Source: People’s Daily