It is called BeiDou and is a competitor to America’s GPS. Take out America’s satellites and the West is ‘blind’. Our modern world will grind to a halt. Welcome to the new Cold War in Space.
For 2000 years the Silk Road carried goods and ideas across Central Asia from China to Europe. President Xi’s ‘Belt-and-Road’ initiative, is a new Silk Road which will connect China not just to Europe, but also now to SE Asia, Africa, the Middle East as well as Russia and Eastern Europe.
At the 19th Congress of Communist Party in October 2017. President Xi announced that the new ‘Silk Road’ would have a digital component- the BeiDou satellite navigation system (GPS) would connect the 60+ countries along the ‘Belt and Road’.