Russia passes law on Glonass-BeiDou cooperation

The Russian government has recently passed a law that will set forth cooperation between Russia and China on using Glonass and BeiDou navigation systems for peaceful purposes

Russia passes law on Glonass-BeiDou cooperation
Russia passes law on Glonass-BeiDou cooperation

Russia passes law on Glonass-BeiDou cooperation

The Russian government has recently passed a law that will set forth cooperation between Russia and China on using Glonass and BeiDou navigation systems for peaceful purposes. The law was approved at a meeting of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, according to Russian space agency website RosCosmos.

The law is officially named, “On ratification of the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the use of Glonass and BeiDou global navigation satellite systems for peaceful purposes.”

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had already been signed between the two governments on Nov. 7, 2018, in Beijing during the 23rd regular meeting of the heads of government of Russia and China. The MoU creates an institutional and legal framework for cooperation in the development and manufacture of civil navigation equipment using Glonass and BeiDou systems.

It also establishes cooperation in the development of Russian-Chinese standards for the application of navigation technologies using both systems — in particular, standards for the control and management of traffic flows across the Russian-Chinese border. The border is 4,200 kilometers (2,615.5 miles) long — world’s sixth-longest international border.

Under the agreement, the two countries plan to place in their own countries measuring stations for the other country’s GNSS, on a reciprocal basis.