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China Joins Galileo Project

China will provide two hundred million Euros for the Galileo project, making it its largest scientific project with a foreign country.
Beijing (XNA) Oct 18, 2004
China and Europe will strengthen cooperation in developing a satellite positioning and navigation system.

China has officially joined Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system project after the country signed an agreement with the European Union Saturday, October 10, in Beijing, China Radio International reported.

Under the agreement, China will provide two hundred million Euros for the project. So far, this is China's largest scientific project with foreign countries.

The Galileo space project is a satellite positioning and navigation system for civilians, sponsored jointly by the European Commission and European Space Agency.

The new Galileo satellites will provide more precise information and cover a larger area than the existing Global Positioning System,

The project is expected to be operational by 2008.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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