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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 NullSubroutine on 10/17/2007 1:26:13 AM , Rating: 2
China is a Republic
...the term "republic" is generally applied to a state where the government's political power depends solely on the consent, however nominal , of the people governed.

And China started off as 'Maoists' which was considered a offshoot or revolution of Marxism and Leninism (known as MLM,Marxism-Leninism-Maoism).

Since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, and the reforms of Deng Xiaoping starting in 1978, the role of Mao's ideology within the PRC has radically changed.[9] Although Mao Zedong Thought nominally remains the state ideology, Deng's admonition to seek truth from facts means that state policies are judged on their practical consequences and the role of ideology in determining policy has been considerably reduced. Deng also separated Mao from Maoism, making it clear that Mao was fallible and hence that the truth of Maoism comes from observing social consequences rather than by using Mao's quotations as holy writ, as was done in Mao's lifetime.

Just because China's government doesn't fit into your notion of a "Republic" does not mean it is not one. And to simply label Chinese "communists" means you lack understanding of what the governments are and do.

The evolution of Socialism and Communism require that you understand the purpose of the forms of society. Socialism is not a 'government' as it sets no rule on how a government could be formed, you could have a Democratic or Authoritarian (Despotism) Socialist Government (like Russia).

Communism on the other hand (more correctly Leninsim) was a government style of change, it was a movement to abolish the old aristocracy much like what we have today in the united states with Corporations (which are usually owned by historically rich families). The Aristocrats owned the land, thereby owned the people (they controlled the means of production). The Corporations own the company and thereby own the people. Communism sought all people own the land, so that the Aristocrats would no longer own the people.

Lenin also foresaw that the rich/business would always try to take back the land from the people so installed a government that would keep out the evil rich people, but Leninism is only meant to build (or slightly maintain) a country in a Capitalist world. Socialism is better suited in a non-Capitalist world. Of course this is an over simplification of things.

China could not forever sit as Maoists, the old ways of Lenin and Mao Zedong and view of land ownership would not allow China to survive in the world of globalization. The changes of Deng Xiaoping, allowed China to have 'ownership' of business. Business that does not compete against other Chinese, but against the world market. And thus allows China to compete and prosper.

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