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Century of Data

In 165 countries, China's Beidou eclipses American GPS

Beijing extends its data reach into space and sea

A model of the Beidou navigation satellites system is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services in Bejing.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, a bustling and chaotic city of 4.8 million, the Deliver Addis service has soared in popularity as the app sends food to a customer's location with remarkable accuracy.

The secret behind this precision is Chinese satellite technology originally designed to support the military.

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