BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- China declared the official commissioning of its self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System on Friday, a milestone in its peaceful exploration and exploitation of space for global social and economic development.
BDS has provided stable and reliable services for global users. Featuring distinctive creations including active positioning and short message communication, it has been widely used in transportation, agriculture, forestry, fishery, urban governance, search and rescue, and other fields.
BeiDou is changing people's daily lives through its applications in everything from e-commerce to bike-sharing, from smartphone applications to wearable devices. The applications of BDS are restricted only by our imagination.
The BDS system also features openness and compatibility. The system encourages international exchanges and cooperation, and strives to enhance compatibility and interoperability with other navigation satellite systems, so as to provide better services to users worldwide.
BDS not only belongs to China, but the whole world. Its products have been exported to more than 120 countries and regions, serving the world and benefiting all humanity.
The technological advancement in China's space exploration is not a threat to any party. China has always adhered to the principle of using outer space for peaceful purposes, and opposes the weaponization of outer space.
The completion of the system marked not only the end of a long, arduous journey to unlock the technologies of precise navigation services, but also the beginning of the push to bring the benefits of space to everyone, everywhere, sustainably, responsibly, peacefully and cooperatively.
BeiDou, a proud Chinese innovation for the world, will make greater contribution to a brighter shared future for mankind with Chinese wisdom. Enditem