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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
By lompocus on 10/21/2007 2:54:30 AM , Rating: 0
watch cnn too much methinks lol.

The US allows you to do anything and everything. You simply can't directly harm another person(s) life(s).

Carrying a gun in your house is encouragement for people not to harm you. Straddling it in public and pointing it at others is intention of wanting to harm them.

Screaming at a public convention is disrupting the peace there, unless that public thing is about screaming or is some death metal thing.

In china, you can't say shit about their government. You can say all the crap you want about the US here :P.

Show me a single Chinese on the internet, saying shit about Chinese government, over a long period of time. Provide their IP. I'm sure you won't find a single one, or if you do their viewpoint will suddenly change overnight.

RE: What a Misleading Headline
By bangmal on 10/21/2007 9:22:26 AM , Rating: 1
How about raping and killing around the world?
going against the UN resolution for stealing oil or invading countries?

I am sure that is the freedom of doing anything and everything, the americans talking about.

Comeon, amercians lecturing about freedom? LOL, come on, the world is watching.

RE: What a Misleading Headline
By Timeless on 10/21/2007 4:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, come on, the world is watching.

Lol, the whole can watch. And Americans will be watching as the rest of the world struggles in WW III ;P /joke

By NT78stonewobble on 10/22/2007 7:48:57 AM , Rating: 2
Ah a Saddam luvah ?

Good you wanted to keep that guy. He was only responcible for what? 1.5 million deaths while he was at power.

Any undocumented stealing of oil or "invading countries" aside yay thx for supporting mass murderous dictators.

Says more about you than the US...

RE: What a Misleading Headline
By lompocus on 10/23/07, Rating: 0
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