Outer space meant to ‘ben­e­fit mankind’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG ZHIHAO in Wen­chang, Hainan zhangzhi­hao@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will con­tinue to strengthen in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion for the peace­ful use of outer space, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

Zhang Yulin, deputy chief com­man­der of China’s manned space flight project, made the re­marks on Thurs­day night dur­ing a re­cep­tion for United Na­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives af­ter the suc­cess­ful launch of Tianzhou 1, China’s first cargo space­craft.

“The launch of Tianzhou 1 is an im­por­tant mile­stone in China’s manned space pro­gram, and a firm step for hu­man­ity’s ex­plo­ration in space,” he said. “For the next step, China will build a space sta­tion that will be an open, in­clu­sive and in­no­va­tive science plat­form.”

China plans to launch the sta­tion’s core mod­ule in 2019, and the whole sta­tion is set to be com­plete by 2022, Zhang added.

“Space ex­plo­ration is fun­da­men­tally about the ex­pan­sion of hu­man liv­ing space,” he said. “This goal can­not be achieved with­out sup­port from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.”

China is will­ing to co­op­er­ate with other na­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the fields of space sta­tion plat­form and tech­nol­ogy, as­tro­naut train­ing, flight and space sci­en­tific re­search and ap­pli­ca­tion, and manned space flight tech­nol­ogy, hop­ing that “China’s space sta­tion, as well as the manned space pro­gram, will ben­e­fit mankind,” he said.

Si­mon­etta Di Pippo, di­rec­tor of the United Na­tions Of­fice of Outer Space Af­fairs, said she ap­pre­ci­ated the gen­er­ous and ex­ten­sive sup­port from China, who is a mem­ber of the UN Com­mit­tee of Peace­ful Uses of Outer Space.

“China’s open­ing up of its space sta­tion to in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, is ben­e­fi­cial for mankind’s sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals and main­tain­ing the peace­ful uses of outer space,” she said.

Te­bogo Seokolo, South Africa’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN’s Vi­enna-based in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, which in­cludes UNOOSA, said China has made a pos­i­tive im­pact on the peace­ful uses of outer space and has helped de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to ex­pand their space flight ca­pa­bil­i­ties, so “every­one could ben­e­fit from the peace­ful uses of outer space”.

Aye­sha Riyaz, Pak­istan’s am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Of­fice at Vi­enna, said the speed at which China is de­vel­op­ing its space ca­pa­bil­ity is “noth­ing short of amaz­ing”.

“Pak­istan and China are co­op­er­at­ing very closely in space af­fairs, such as the train­ing of Pak­istan en­gi­neers and as­tro­nauts,” she said. “China’s will­ing­ness to share its fruits of manned space devel­op­ment with de­vel­op­ing coun­tries is highly ap­pre­ci­ated. I am sure more fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion will come.”

China will build a space sta­tion that will be an open, in­clu­sive and in­no­va­tive science plat­form.” Zhang Yulin, deputy chief com­man­der of China’s manned space flight project

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