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On Saturday, February 3, 2007, the Chinese launched one of its Beidou navigation satellites onboard a Long March 3A rocket. Translated as ‘Compass’, the Beidou satellite is one of 35 orbiting satellites that China hopes to be as comprehensive as the Global Positioning System (GPS) built by the United States/NASA and the Galileo Positioning System (Galileo) built by the European Union/ESA.

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According to a recent article in New Scientist, the Chinese anti-ballistic test held on January 11, 2007, in which China destroyed one of its own weather satellites with a ballistic missile, was legal.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Software giant Microsoft Corp. is setting up a research and development center in Shanghai for its online MSN service, its first such center outside the United States, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.

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