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China and Japan take rivalry into orbit with GPS offensives

Both sides want the edge in key tech for defense and autonomous driving

Japan's Michibiki 4 (Photo courtesy of the Cabinet Office)

TOKYO -- Japan and China are rivals in many ways, but their latest competition is on a decidedly higher level: outer space. Both countries are determined to upgrade the precision of their respective equivalents of the Global Positioning System, hoping to reap benefits in defense and business alike.

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