China GPS rival Beidou starts offering navigation data
China's satellite navigation system has become operational, according to an official.
Beidou now offered location, timing and navigation data to China and surrounding areas announced the project's spokesman Ran Cheng.
China has been working on the system since 2000 to provide an alternative to the US government-run Global Positioning System (GPS).
The move should make China's military less dependent on foreign technology.
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