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China welcomes foreign astronauts to space station flights

China welcomes foreign astronauts to space station flights

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China's space station. Photo by Xinhua.
China's space station. Photo by Xinhua.

Astronauts from foreign countries will be able to participate in joint flights on board China's space station, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced, informed The Xinhua News Agency.

"China welcomes foreign astronauts to its space station to carry out international cooperation", – Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the CMSA, told a press conference.

"The construction of China's space station will provide a better platform for wider international cooperation, including joint astronaut flights", – Lin said.

He said the cooperation on astronaut selection and training has already taken place between China and foreign countries.

"European astronauts also participated in a sea-survival training program in China in 2017", – he added.

International space cooperation is an important part of building a community with a shared future for humanity.

In its manned space exploration, China has cooperated with countries including Germany, France, Italy and Pakistan, and with organizations such as the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the ESA.

"It is a common cause for mankind that needs full global cooperation, and China has always been committed to the peaceful use of space, and equality and mutual development in space exploration", –  Lin said.

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