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: just wondering
10/22/2007 9:58:25 AM
Wrong, we (the US) spent BILLIONS to assist the rebuilding of Germany.
RE: just wondering
10/22/2007 5:39:58 PM
The "aid" was interest bearing loans. Germany paid the U.S. back in installments (the last check was handed over in June 1971).
The "aid" was used to support US growth (exports). There were significant restrictions on how the money could be spent, i.e buying US imports.
While the Marshall Plan DID HELP Europe significantly during the post war periods, it needs to be considered as the provision of much needed liquidity, via loan, and not a gift, and was equally designed to benefit the US as much as it did any European country.
Remember also the Industry Plan for Germany after the war. The US led the distruction of 75% of Germany's industrial capacity. Some of this distruction was by physically destroying factories. The other form of distruction was by "stealing"(?) the machines and shipping them to other countries, esp. the US.
Perhaps not dissimilar from the rebuilding of Iraq? Force US contractors at US prices, NOT LOCAL PRICES, and pay via oil.
The Marshall Plan was not wrong. It was a good idea. It helped Europe. It was also clever. It helped the US. It was not charity.
RE: just wondering
10/23/2007 3:17:28 AM
We fought for them. We built for them. We saved the whole damn world for them.
We deserve more than what we got, aka unconditional respect!
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