Follow CAP on Social Media

Listen to the CAP Podcast

Representatives From 50 African Countries Take Part in Inaugural China-Africa Beidou Forum

Officials from the China Satellite Navigation Committee in Beijing who took part in the first-ever China-Africa Beidou System Cooperation Forum on Friday. Image via China Daily.

More than 600 representatives from almost every African country, including eight ministers and eight ambassadors, attended the first-ever China-Africa Beidou System Cooperation Forum that took place on Friday in Beijing and also online with stakeholders in Africa. 

The Beidou Navigation Satellite System is China’s answer to the U.S.’ GPS and the EU’s Galileo space-based navigation systems but only that Beidou today is much larger than either of the Western alternatives. The Chinese nav system provides more coverage of 85% of the capitals in 195 countries around the world compared to GPS, according to research done by Nikkei Asia.

This marketing content will be shown in place of your protected content to anyone who is not allowed to read the post…

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Africa Project?


The CAP is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.


A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Africa stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.


Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalist and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Africa discourse.


A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.