Pakistan and China take yet another step in space technology cooperation

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Pakistan and China take yet another step in space technology cooperation

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and China have taken yet another step forward in the space technology cooperation.

China has stepped up its efforts promoting satellite data sharing with Pakistan and other regional countries.

The data sharing was aimed to provide help in urban planning, disaster monitoring and assessment, as well as agriculture and forest surveys. “We will construct Data-Sharing Service Cloud Platforms by using existing and potential co-developed satellites to serve these purposes,” APSCO secretary-general Li Xinjun said at a forum commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founding of the organisation on Wednesday.

With its headquartered in Beijing, APSCO has eight members — China, Bangladesh, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey, while Indonesia is a signatory, Mexico an observer and Egypt an associate member.

“By pooling up and sharing financial, technological and human resources in space science, technologies and applications, APSCO has effectively promoted multilateral cooperation to facilitate capacity building for its members,” he said.