Beidu has suddenly banned the use of its navigation system along the borders with India, as it fears that their movement or movement can be monitored.
Beidu keeps an eye on 30 countries including Pakistan, Indonesia. (Photo Credit: News Nation)
- China stopped the use of the navigation system Beidu
- Beidu covers about 30 countries in the world
- There is a fear of being monitored on movement or movement
China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has abruptly banned the use of its navigation system Beidu along the borders with India, fearing it could track their movement. Sources said that the change in Chinese stand comes at a time when India has increased its monitoring mechanism along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China has recently made several attempts to infiltrate into Indian territory, after which India is alert and has increased surveillance. Keeping all these things in mind, the Indian Army has moved from the strategic level to the policy level, where the soldiers are actually deployed. Surveillance has been increased in sensitive areas along the LAC by coordinating the efforts of all surveillance equipment.
Intelligence agencies have said that as surveillance has increased, there has been a decrease in the activity of Beidu terminals on the northern borders in the past one month. Sources said that the PLA is now using it only to send confirmation that they have reached their desired places. “It could be a deliberate attempt by the PLA to hide its vital activities or preparedness across the northern borders,” the source said. The system was launched on June 23, 2020 and finally a two-decade-long project ended. Now China is pushing for the use of Beidu in several countries as part of its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. Currently Beidu covers about 30 countries including Pakistan, Egypt and Indonesia.
BDS, which is said to be a competitor to American GPS, is the world’s fourth global satellite navigation system. The other systems are GLONASS of Russia and Galileo of the European Union. India is also developing its own navigation system, called Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS), whose operational name is NAVIC. China wants to end US-based GPS hegemony and put its own-developed navigation system first in the Asian region. To do so, China has set up a monitoring station at its Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) to monitor and evaluate the Beidu Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
First Published : 30 Oct 2021, 08:31:20 AM
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