China Finishing “High-precision Ground-based Timing System” – A Worry for the United States

Two recent announcements showed China’s progress establishing its national “High-Precision Ground-based Timing System.” Some verbiage in the most recent announcement could indicate that the system is nearing completion.

The timing system is designed to support a vast array of scientific and technological applications as well as provide services when space-based signals are not available.

According to some Western observers, it is another example of China’s increasing lead over the United States in positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) technology.

Its BeiDou satellite PNT system is newer and has been acknowledged superior in many ways to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). This has allowed China to gain influence in some parts of the world at the expense of the United States.

Completion of the terrestrial system could have even more troubling implications for the United States.

Read more in GPS World article.

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