Thailand has become the first overseas client of Beidou - China's home-made satellite navigation network designed to challenge the dominance of the American GPS array.
The carrier rocket, Long March 3-A, blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launching Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province Sunday, May 25, 2003. The rocket successfully put China's third Beidou navigation and positioning satellite into orbit indicating China has completed its own satellite navigation and positioning system. Ten years on, Thailand has reportedly become the first overseas client of Beidou. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Gang)
According to the South China Morning Post, China National Radio said a 2 billion yuan (9.5 billion baht) agreement to promote the use of Beidou in Thailand's public sector was signed in Bangkok last week. The system will be used in disaster relief, power distribution and transport, among other areas.
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