At a meeting in Vladivostok on 18 April 2014, Russian and Chinese officials met to discuss cooperation between the Russian GLONASS and the Chinese BeiDou navigation systems as part of a Russian-Chinese committee co-chair meeting in preparation for regular meetings between the two countries' prime ministers. Ministers from both countries see major prospects of cooperation in regional support and the development of chipsets (microprocessors) allowing integration between the two systems.
UN-SPIDER participated in the 13th ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting on Disaster Relief and presented the topic "Role of space based information in Disaster Risk Reduction: UN-SPIDER Interventions".
13th ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting on Disaster Relief
China is planning to expand its homegrown Beidou navigation system by 2020 and make it accurate to within centimeters. Up until now the Chinese system has 16 satellites and it is expected to grow to 30 by 2020.
Currently the system reaches an error margin as low as 5 meters. With the improvements China hopes to be able to compete with the US GPS. The system serves the Asia-Pacific region a year now and hopes to expand coverage to other Asian countries.
A group of students from the National Central University Advanced Rocket Research in Taiwan (Province of China) successfully built and launched with an APPL-7II rocket their own satellite, as SatNews reported.
From 27-31 October 2013, the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office organized a capacity building programme in Beijing, China to strengthen the capacity of the countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 26 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam participated in the training.
From 21 to 22 October 2013, the UN-SPIDER Beijing office will organize an interactive training session in Beijing, China to strengthen the capacity of the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC) to effectively embed Space technologies in their activities.
From 21 to 22 October 2013, the UN-SPIDER Beijing office organized an interactive training session in Beijing, China to strengthen the capacity of the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC)
China: Interactive training for disaster risk reduction