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The ISS  (Source: NASA)
China wants in, but the U.S. may not allow it

Chinese space officials today announced the country is still willing to work alongside the United States on extraterrestrial endeavors, especially the International Space Station.

"We sincerely hope to conduct cooperation with the United States in the field of space," said Li Xueyong, Vice Minister of Space and Technology.  "At some point we hope to take part in the activities relating to international space stations."

Sixteen nations are currently involved in the ISS project, but China is not one of them even though the country has one of the fastest growing space programs in the world.  China would ultimately like to have an astronaut stationed on the ISS in the future, but must convince the United States and other partners to allow a communist nation to be allowed to participate in the project.

Li did not clearly specify how China hopes to help the participating nations work on the ISS.

State media in China reported the country plans to launch its first lunar probe before November, only weeks after Japan launched one into orbit.  In 2003, China became the third nation to successfully launch an astronaut into orbit with no help from other nations.

There is growing concern over the country's expanding space program, which reached a new level after China announced it had destroyed an old satellite last January by shooting a land-based missile to destroy it.  Critics of the launch claim China could theoretically launch a missile to destroy active military satellites, though Chinese officials still claim the nation has only peaceful plans for space.


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RE: china is a nice place
By oldman42 on 10/17/2007 12:48:06 AM , Rating: 2
Back in the old days China actually invented stuff. In the last 50 years they have acquired most if not all of their technologies by reverse engineering patented tech by agreeing to manufacture it for 10 units of currency to the rest of the world, then selling the copied materials for 2 units within China. This has spurred their economic growth. They openly disavow all copyrights and patents which are recognized by the rest of the world. Remember the article about CHD-DVD? Remarkably similar to HD-DVD, yet completely royalty free. Ever look at their domestic manufactured automobiles? Nearly every vehicle is directly attributable to a Euro, Japanese, or US car design.

I don't want them in on the ISS 'cos Company A has the rights to design and manufacture Component X, but I guarantee that component will suddenly show up on a China only product with no credit to the designers.


RE: china is a nice place
By cheetah2k on 10/17/07, Rating: 0
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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