Chinese Astronauts Want Communism in Space
Michael Hoffman & Kristopher Kubicki
October 20, 2007 9:25 AM
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Communist China is thinking of creating a Communist party space branch
Chinese astronauts are considering the creation of a space branch of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Even though the growing space nation is
not a participating member of the International Space Station (ISS) project
, the country hopes to be able to one day create its own permanent space station.
The Chinese astronaut corp now has 14 members -- all communist party members -- and the Communist party only requires three members for a government application.
"If China has its own space station, the taikonauts on mission
will carry out the regular activities of a CPC branch
in space in the way we do on Earth, such as learning the Party's policies and exchanging opinions on the Party's decisions," said Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut. "If we establish a Party branch in space, it would also be the 'highest' of its kind in the world.”
Yang, current deputy director of the China Astronaut Research Training Center, became the world's first taikonaut aboard the Shenzhou V spacecraft in 2003. During a mission two years later, two more Chinese astronauts were successfully sent to space aboard the Shenzhou VI spacecraft. Only the United States and Russia have successfully launched astronauts into space before China.
China plans another manned launch in mid-2008, this time with a three-man crew.
It will be a long time before an official party can be established, especially since the party branch must need a permanent space residence – a feat China will likely not be able to complete soon.
"Like foreign astronauts having their beliefs, we believe in Communism, which is also a spiritual power," closed Yang in a statement to Chinese media.
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RE: What a Misleading Headline
10/20/2007 1:43:41 PM
Pray tell, what are "real" freedoms and human rights? If you carve through all the BS, demonization, and propaganda, the only "real" freedom that Chinese citizens lack is freedom of political assembly and voting.
Believe it or not, 90-95% of the everyday freedoms we enjoy as US citizens are enjoyed by Chinese citizens.
RE: What a Misleading Headline
10/20/2007 5:48:35 PM
I loved reading recently in The Economist about riots in China over price controls.. not that prices were too high or too low but because, as Economist explained it, it went so deeply against their inate preference for capitalism and free market operations.
At any rate, in your defense, Hong Kong worked wonderfully without political freedoms which you describe. On the other hand, however, it had an absolute minimalist government (that I wish we had), and was kept in check by British oversight. The rest of China has no such minimalist government so it's results are likely to be different.. and they themselves admit a large amount of corruption and insufficient accountability. Nothings perfect of course and they could do a lot better.
I would like to see if they could manage an effective government over the long term though that's dedicated to the interests of its people without really being elected. I doubt they'll do it but it'll be interesting.
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