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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
By jskirwin on 10/22/2007 11:25:53 AM , Rating: 2
they had already hinted that they would do so before the bombings

I met Japanese who were being trained by the neighborhood watch to attack the expected American invaders with sharpened sticks. They also told me how children were being taught to overcome their fear of foreigners so that they would don backpacks holding bombs and approach American soldiers. It was a difficult task considering that most had never seen a foreigners.

They were convinced that had the bombs not been dropped they would have fought to the last man/woman/child - as the Okinawans had earlier in the Summer of '45.

RE: just wondering
By Gul Westfale on 10/22/2007 2:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
that is all true, however the emperor himself had hinted in messages sent to the allies that he would consider surrender if it meant that he himself could remain as head of state. the allies refused, dropped the bombs, and then let him continue on as emperor after japan's unconditional surrender. it's not revisionist if it actually happened.

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