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Putin Approved the “BeiDou-Glonass System” Cooperation Agreement

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the Agreement on Peaceful Use of BeiDou and Glonass Between People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation. The agreement was signed in Beijing on November 7, 2018, with an aim to provide legal and organizational guarantees for mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and China in the field of satellite navigation.

According to news from Sputnik on August 2, as specified in the agreement, the two countries should conduct cooperation in the development and production of civil navigation equipment using Glonass and BeiDou, and also in drafting application standards of the Russian and Chinese versions concerning the use of the two navigation technology systems, including standards for monitoring cross-border traffic flows between Russia and China.

In addition, the agreement also includes the regulations on the protection of intellectual property rights.

Sergei Dubik, Deputy General Manager of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos, expressed earlier that in accordance with the agreement, Russia and China will deploy at least three ground stations of navigation system for satellite in the territory of the other side, and the Glonass stations in China will be arranged in Shanghai, Urumqi and Changchun respectively. The BeiDou station in Russia will be established in Obninsk, Irkutsk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Dubik pointed out that the ground stations are used to correct navigation signals. The Glonass and BeiDou navigation system have 26 and 39 satellites in orbit respectively.