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New BeiDou satellite system to rival GPS boosts Beijing's strike capabilities, global clout, say experts

SHANGHAI - China last Friday (July 31) commissioned its answer to the United States' global positioning system (GPS), in a move that Beijing has heralded as a major milestone in its quest to become a space power.

But beyond that, China's BeiDou navigation system has substantial strategic and economic implications, experts say.

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