Sri Lanka’s first satellite launched by China

imageChina launched Sri Lanka’s first satellite from western  Sichuan province, China.

  • This shows China’s  deepening strategic and economic engagements with Srilanka.
  • Launch carried out by SupremeSAT, a private company which has an agreement with the Chinese government-run Great Wall Industry Corporation (GWIC).
  • As per Sri Lankan government there was no state involvement in the launch as it was carried out by a private company.
  • China is expanding its satellite programme overseas.
  • The GWIC has launched satellites for a number of countries, including Pakistan, Nigeria, Bolivia and Venezuela.
  • In 2012, the GWIC launched Pakistan’s first communications satellite PAKSAT-1R satellite.



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