Thailand: Thailand has become the first overseas client of Beidou, China”s home-made satellite navigation network, which could challenge the dominance of the American GPS system in Southeast Asia. A 2 billion yuan (HK$2.48 billion) agreement to promote the use of Beidou in Thailand”s public sector, including disaster relief, power distribution and transport, was signed by the two countries in Bangkok.
“If Thailand can embrace Beidou, other countries may follow and the Americans” political, economic and military power in the region will be reduced,” a Beidou expert at Wuhan University said.
Also, according to the agreement, China will not only build a national remote sensing system based on Beidou for Thailand, but also a large satellite ground station with an industrial park for the development and production of Beidou receivers for the Southeast Asian market.
The Chinese government would meet most of the 2 billion yuan cost, the expert said.