From China with love … Free satellite weather data service for BRI countries!

A Long March 3A rocket lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre LC3 with the Fengyun-2H weather satellite on June 5, 2018.聽CNS
China lofts Fengyun-2H weather satellite from Xichang
China launched the Fengyun-2H weather satellite on Tuesday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, marking the country's 17th successful space launch of 2018. A Long March 3A rocket carrying the satellite lifted off at 13:07 UTC (21:07 local time), successfully sending Fengyun-2H into geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite, the last of the Fengyun-2 first generation of Chinese geostationary weather satellites, will contribute to China's meteorological and space weather monitoring capabilities while fixed over the Earth at an altitude of 35,786 km for more, go to 

From China with love … Free satellite weather data service for BRI countries!

KUALA LUMPUR (July 2018): China has successfully launched a new satellite to provide free weather data service to Belt Road Initiative (BRI) countries.

To those who continue to doubt and question China’s commitment to BRI and its 69 cities and countries, can you beat this?

Which country would launch a new satellite and provide free services to help its business and economic friends?

It has been the West, especially the war-waging US, that has been propagating and demonising China’s global economic expansion as a threat to sovereign countries.

Well, did China force any country to accept loans and infrastructure projects?

When a country has borrowed, and it finds itself unable to settle its debts, who do you blame? The lender?

It is just plain business and if a borrower cannot service its loans, of course an alternative solution has to be agreed on, no?

So, to the US government, put your money where your mouth is! Display some integrity instead of relying on waging wars, selling arms, imposing unfair tariffs and sanctions to “Make America Great Again”?

Stop living in the 20th Century when it is already the 21st Century Digital World. Think out of the box to compete in a level playing field in the global economy.

If not, the US should be prepared to lose more ground in world influence.

Here’s the details of the new satellite for BRI countries:

"China successfully launches new satellite to provide weather data to BRI countries
Updated: Jun 06, 2018, 12.18 PM IST

China has acquired Sri Lanka's Hambantota port on 99 years' lease as a debt swap.

China has successfully launched a new meteorological satellite to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting and provide better meteorological services free of cost to countries participating in its ambitious, multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative.

The massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) seeks to build rail, maritime and road links from Asia to Europe and Africa in a revival of ancient Silk Road trading routes.

The issues related to the BRI, earlier known as One Belt One Road (OBOR), have been a major bone of contention between India and China as one portion of the corridor passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

China says, five years on the BRI -- a pet initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping -- over 100 countries and international organisations have supported and got involved in this initiative.

Critics say that the BRI, which aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting economies around the globe along the ancient Silk Route, is aimed at furthering its influence.

It also attracted criticism that BRI projects entailing huge loans with less transparency are leaving smaller countries with debt problems creating a degree of dependence on China as a creditor.

China has acquired Sri Lanka's Hambantota port on 99 years' lease as a debt swap.

The Fengyun-2H satellite which provides weather data, officials say will cover all the territory of China, as well as countries along the BRI, the Indian Ocean and most African countries, Zhao Jian, deputy director of the Department of System Engineering of China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.

China will offer data of the Fengyun series free to BRI countries and Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) member countries, Zhao said.

"The move shows China's willingness to construct a community with a shared future," Zhao was quoted by the report as saying."
Image courtesy of CAS.
China launches Fengyun-2H, to be used by Belt & Road countries
By Deyana Goh
June 6, 2018
On 5 June 2018, at 9:07 p.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched Fengyun-2H, a meteorological satellite which will be placed in a geosynchronous orbit. The launch took place using the three-stage rocket Long March 3A, from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province. Fengyun-2H will be placed at 79 degrees East, with a launch mass of 1380kg and a design life of 4 years, and will be operated by the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and the National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC). The satellite will bolster China’s weather monitoring system within its territory, the South China Sea, and the Indian Ocean. According to China, the satellite will be used by Belt and Road Countries, as well as the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), an intergovernmental initiative led by Beijing. Fengyun-2H will provide real-time cloud and water vapour images, along with space weather information, to countries across Asia-Pacific (APAC), adding to the data collected by the eight other operational satellites in the Fengyun series … for more, go to 


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