SCIO press conference on white paper 'China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System in the New Era'

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Mr. Ran Chengqi, director general of the China Satellite Navigation Office and spokesperson of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System


Ms. Shou Xiaoli, deputy director general of the Press Bureau of the State Council Information Office (SCIO) and spokesperson of the SCIO


Nov. 4, 2022

Shou Xiaoli:

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Welcome to this press conference held by the State Council Information Office (SCIO). Today, the SCIO published a white paper titled "China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System in the New Era," and organized this press conference to introduce and interpret its main content. The white paper fully implements Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, introduces China's policies to develop the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) in the new era, and reviews the progress in BDS construction and application. According to the white paper, China has carried out active international cooperation on BDS and advanced its international applications so that the system can better serve the world and benefit humanity. The white paper points out that China will work with all other countries to promote the development of navigation satellite systems and contribute to building a human community with a shared future.

At around 12,000 Chinese characters, the white paper consists of preamble, main body and conclusion. The main body is divided into six parts: "BeiDou in the New Era," "A World-Class Navigation Satellite System," "Improving BDS Operation Management," "Promoting Sustainable Development of the BDS Applications Industry," "Upgrading BDS Governance" and "Contributing to Building a Human Community with a Shared Future." The white paper is published in eight languages — Chinese, English, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Arabic and Japanese — by the People's Publishing House and the Foreign Languages Press. It is available at Xinhua Bookstore outlets across the country. To help you gain an accurate and deep understanding of the white paper, we have invited Mr. Ran Chengqi, director general of the China Satellite Navigation Office and spokesperson of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, to brief you on relevant information and then take your questions.

Now, I'll give the floor to Mr. Ran for his introduction.

Ran Chengqi:

Ladies and gentlemen, it's my pleasure to meet with friends from the media again. Thank you for your interest in and support for BDS. On July 31, 2020, General Secretary Xi Jinping announced to the world that BDS-3 was officially commissioned, marking the successful conclusion of the three-step BDS strategy and ushering in a new stage for the system's high-quality development.

As all Party members and all the Chinese people are earnestly studying the guiding principles of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), here we are issuing the white paper "China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System in the New Era." The white paper reviews the development course of BDS and shows that in the new era, China has improved the BDS service capacity, achieved new progress in related industries, increased openness for relevant cooperation, and embarked on a new journey of BDS development.

First, China's BDS in the new era is a world-class navigation satellite system.

Based on its national conditions, China has independently developed BDS. We have independently developed core technologies, laid out an innovative system configuration, and offered quality and diverse services. Since BDS-3 was formally commissioned, the system has maintained uninterrupted, stable and reliable operation, and provided world-class services.

The 30 in-orbit satellites of BDS-3 have maintained a good operation status. Millions of their components in more than 300 categories, all produced by China, demonstrate excellent performance. The system's measurement positioning accuracy worldwide is better than five meters. Its accuracy is higher in the Asia-Pacific region and its service performance is better than all design indicators.

The system offers six high-quality specialized services: international search and rescue, global short message communication, regional short message communication, satellite-based augmentation, ground-based augmentation, and precise point positioning. We are now able to provide a wide range of services and are even leading the way in some areas.

China has achieved intelligent operation and maintenance for BDS, upgraded the software of in-orbit satellites, conducted global real-time monitoring and assessment of the system, and released the latest information. Since the system was commissioned, China has ensured its continuous and stable operation and improved its performance. We have embarked on a sustainable development path for BDS featuring high quality and efficiency, and low cost.

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