Sputnik Chinese, the news agency that the Russian government owns, reported that, on December 20, 2019, China launched an Ethiopian satellite and a Brazilian satellite with its Long March 4B rocket.
The Ethiopian satellite was the country’s first satellite. China designed and built it. Out of the total cost of US$ 7 million, China paid US$ 6 million for it.
The Brazilian satellite was the country’s sixth satellite. It is part of a joint Sino-Brazilian project.
A little earlier, China also sent two more Beidou Satellites of its own into space. It thus completed the 24-satellite setup of the Beidou global navigation system. 24 satellites are what is needed to provide full global coverage; both the U.S.’ GPS system and the Russian navigation system also use 24 satellites.
In 2019, China made 30 launches; it has sent over 50 spacecraft into space leading Russia and the U.S.
Source: Sputnik Chinese, December 21, 2019