China to extensively participate in int'l space probe
Updated: 2006-07-18 09:46
China will play a major role in international space research and exploration,
Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan said here on Monday.
Addressing the opening session of the 36th Scientific Assembly of the
Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), Zeng said China will continue to support
various activities concerning outer space exploration, and push forward
bilateral and multilateral collaboration in space exploration.
China advocates equality, mutual benefit, peaceful utilization and common
prosperity in space exploration, and hopes technical barriers can be overcome,
The Chinese government will continue to conduct manned space missions, speed
up the moon-orbiting project and launch the astronomical satellite constellation
project, he said.
Further development of telecommunication satellites, space monitoring
technologies and experiments to determine if there is life in outer space would
significantly upgrade the research capability of Chinese space scientists.
Although economic development is now the priority of the Chinese people, Zeng
said, China views space science and technology as a barometer for the country's
Since the 1960s, Chinese scientists have achieved a lot in space material
science, space physics, space astronomy and space environmental monitoring, Zeng
"China has already been a key force in international space exploration," Zeng
Nearly 2,000 scientists and officials from more than 50 countries and regions
are attending the COSPAR scientific assembly.