U.S.–China Civil Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Cooperation
19 May 2014
Since 2006, the United States of America and the People's Republic of China have been discussing matters of mutual interest related to the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Delegations of China and the United States met in Beijing, China on 19 May 2014, to discuss cooperation on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite navigation, consistent with the national interests of both nations and in the spirit of transparency, reciprocity, and mutual benefit. Both sides discussed cooperation on matters of development and civilian use of BDS and GPS and their respective augmentations, consistent with the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) principles of compatibility, interoperability, and transparency in civil service provision, and consistent with standards and practices established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Both sides expressed the willingness to strengthen cooperation, to enable extensive applications of BDS and GPS worldwide.
Topics discussed at this meeting included: compatibility and interoperability of civil signals between BDS and GPS, their respective augmentation systems and civil aviation applications, monitoring and assessment, spectrum protection, interference detection and mitigation, ICG and associated Providers' Forum activities, and activities related to the ICAO, IMO, ITU and other related international multilateral forums.
Both sides agreed to establish a regular exchange, with continued cooperation through regular meetings. A Working Group will be established to further discuss these topics, and additional topics of mutual interest may be added in the future.
/signature of Ran Chengqi/
China Satellite Navigation Office
/signature of Kenneth Hodgkins/
Office of Space and Advanced Technology
U.S. Department of State