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The First Conference of China-Russia Cooperation Program Committee on Satellite Navigation Held in Beijing

Under the coordination between China Satellite Navigation Committee and Russian Federal Space Agency, the first conference of China-Russia Cooperation Program Committee on Satellite Navigation was held in Beijing on Feb.10th, 2015. President of China Satellite Navigation Committee Wangli chaired the conference together with Administrator of Russian Federal Space Agency Yuri Makarov. There were 16 Chinese representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, China National Space Administration (CNSA), China National Administration of GNSS and Application (CNAGA), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China North Industries Group Corporation and so on, and 12 Russian representatives including Ambassador Denisov and participants from Russian Federal Space Agency.

Program Committee regulations were signed at the conference, and preliminary cooperation achievements were acknowledged. The conference made decision on the establishment of several working groups and confirmed the following working plan. The conference considered that, the cooperation between China and Russia satellite navigation is an important measure for the development of the world’s satellite navigation career. The success of this conference symbolized the formal establishment of satellite navigation cooperation mechanism under the framework of Regular Meeting Committee between Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers, which will certainly further promote the cooperation process.

Since 2012, China and Russia satellite navigation cooperation developed rapidly with more and more communications, which has a great potential of cooperation. According to the 18th Meeting Minutes of Regular Meeting Committee between Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers in October, 2014, as well as Memorandum of Understanding of Global Satellite Navigation System Cooperation signed by China Satellite Navigation Committee and Russian Federal Space Agency, after a thorough negotiation between China and Russia, both sides decided to establish China-Russia Cooperation Program Committee on Satellite Navigation, which aims to coordinate, promote and develop the cooperation on satellite navigation between China and Russia.