Res­ig­na­tion Just ‘One Small Step'

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Tech­ni­cian Zhang Xiaop­ing's res­ig­na­tion has be­come a hot topic in the Chi­nese on­line com­mu­nity af­ter it was re­vealed that it may im­pact China's lu­nar ex­plo­ration pro­gram. The post cited a doc­u­ment from the Xi'an Aero­space Propul­sion In­sti­tute as say­ing that Zhang was in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of low-tem­per­a­ture liq­uid pro­pel­lant en­gines vi­tal for the rock­ets, but that he had also been paid mea­ger wages for a long time, which led to him find­ing new em­ploy­ment at a Bei­jing com­pany for a vastly big­ger salary. The State-owned in­sti­tute at­tempted to get Zhang back by fil­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion to the lo­cal la­bor bureau which ap­par­ently ex­ag­ger­ated his role. The in­sti­tute came un­der fire, with ne­ti­zens shift­ing the de­bate onto why State-owned en­ter­prises find it in­creas­ingly hard to keep skilled staff.

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