Satel­lite launched for first Arab coun­try

China Daily European Weekly - - New Digest -

A Long March 3B car­rier rocket blasted off at the Xichang Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in the south­west­ern province of Sichuan at 12:40 am on Dec 11. It soared for about 26 min­utes be­fore plac­ing the Al­com­sat 1, Al­ge­ria’s first com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite, into geo­sta­tion­ary trans­fer or­bit, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from China Great Wall In­dus­try Corp, the project con­trac­tor. It be­came the first “ex­port” of such a space­craft to an Arab coun­try. Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Al­ge­rian Pres­i­dent Ab­de­laziz Boute­flika ex­changed con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages on Dec 11 on the suc­cess­ful mis­sion. Xi said the satel­lite project is an im­por­tant man­i­fes­ta­tion of the China-Al­ge­ria com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship. It has be­come a good ex­am­ple of space co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Arab coun­tries and will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­mot­ing Al­ge­ria’s eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment, he said. Xi also said Bei­jing is will­ing to work with Al­ge­ria to strengthen ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields, deep­en­ing the bi­lat­eral part­ner­ship to ben­e­fit the two coun­tries and peo­ples.

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