China to host 13th meeting of ICG

XICHANG, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — The 13th meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) will open in Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Nov. 5.

According to the China Satellite Navigation Office, the six-day meeting will focus on the compatibility and interoperability of the global satellite navigation systems and application issues.

More than 300 representatives will attend the meeting.

The ICG aims to strengthen coordination and cooperation in satellite navigation, as well as promote its global application.

In 2012, the seventh meeting of the ICG was hosted by China.

China became a member of the ICG in September 2007. The country’s Beidou satellite navigation system is recognized globally along with the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), the EU’s Galileo Positioning System and Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS).

A basic system with the orbiting BeiDou-3 satellites will be in place by the end of the year to serve countries and regions involved in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

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