Recently, the official media of the Communist Party of China (CPC) high-profile propaganda Beidou chips have sold more than 100 million, and related products have been exported to more than 120 countries and regions. An article by the Chinese Communist Party’s Chinese Academy of Sciences had disclosed the strategic use of the Beidou system. Some experts said that the CCP developed the Beidou system to compete with the US for military supremacy.
A few days ago, Chinese portal Sina Finance published an article saying that the Chinese Communist Party started the construction of Beidou No. 1 system project in 1994, and has formed a Beidou industrial development chain so far. Beidou-related products have been exported to more than 120 countries and regions, providing services to hundreds of millions of users.
According to the report, statistics show that up to now, more than 7 million road-operated vehicles, 36,300 postal and express vehicles, about 1,400 official Beidou chips, and about 350 general aviation vehicles in mainland China have adopted the Beidou system.
A recent white paper released by the GNSS and LBS Association of China (GLAC) shows that by the end of 2020, the sales of domestic BeiDou-compatible chips and modules have exceeded 150 million pieces, and the total social ownership of terminal products with BeiDou positioning functions, including smartphones, has exceeded 1 billion units / sets. Most models of Huawei, ViVO, OPPO, Xiaomi and other brands support Beidou functions.
According to the report, the Beidou system has been widely used in ASEAN, South Asia, Eastern Europe, West Asia and Africa.
Beidou’s Strategic Use Revealed
At present, there are four major global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) in the world, namely the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia’s GLONASS, and the U.S. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Global Positioning System (GPS) of the United States, the Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) of Russia, the Galileo Navigation Satellite System (Galileo) of the European Union, and the BeiDou navigation satellite system (BDS).
In June last year, the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ official science platform “Science Academy” published an article entitled “Ten Questions about Beidou”, revealing the strategic use of the system.
The article began with a lengthy review of the military attributes of the U.S. GPS, saying that GPS is essentially a military satellite navigation system for the U.S. Air Force and is currently used in almost any weapon that requires positioning in the U.S. military. The emergence of GPS systems has contributed to the history of human warfare with several new terms such as “surgical precision strikes,” “targeted killings,” and “decapitation operations.
The article mentions that “in practice, satellite engineers are not only able to add interference and deception to the signal, but also to disable the service in a certain area, and the right to price and use the chip is in their hands.”
The article emphasizes that the completion of the Beidou system means that the CCP will not only be able to do all the things that GPS can do, “but will also be completely unconstrained and indescribably important to national defense security” and that “there will be no real international cooperation in this field.”
Jin Chun, a former engineer at Huawei’s Nanjing Research Institute, has told the Epoch Times that the primary purpose of the CCP’s development of the Beidou system is for military use.
He said that the autonomous satellite positioning system is an important link in the development of its missile system from the CCP’s military operations in the South China Sea, and is used first and foremost for the guidance of China’s missile system.
Taiwan military expert and National Policy Research Foundation associate researcher Li Zhengxiu also said in an exclusive interview with Epoch Times: “Once the U.S. and China have a military conflict, the Chinese Communist Party’s missile system still relies on the U.S. GPS positioning, so where the missile is placed, how it is launched, the direction of launch, etc., is simply under the control of U.S. satellites, and the war is doomed to lose before it is fought, which is the Chinese Communist Party This is the main reason why the Chinese Communist Party is trying so hard to develop its own positioning system.”
The localization of Beidou chips is questioned
Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the Beidou satellite navigation system project, claimed last October that Beidou chips are all made in China and are of the same order of magnitude as the basic foreign level, and that “they are all made by ourselves.”
Li Zhengxiu said, “The Beidou system is claimed to be an independently developed system in mainland China, but people feel quite skeptical about ‘100% homemade’.”
He said chip technology is not easy, and this technology is still concentrated in a few countries, and China itself does not have it. Even TSMC (TSMC), which is a global leader, relies on the United States for its key technologies.
Li Zhengxiu said that the Chinese Communist Party has been developing the Beidou system for more than two decades, and has benefited from the U.S. technology in various aspects of chip development. However, former U.S. President Donald Trump has tightened restrictions on the export of high-tech products, making it challenging to acquire technology and update the system in the future.