China sends three more astronauts to space station
- China launched the manned Shenzhou-14 spaceship to its Tiangong space station on Sunday. The three astronauts — Liu Yang, Chen Dong, and Cai Xuzhe — have entered Tiangong and will stay there for six months to finish the construction of the space station. Before they finish their duty, they will meet with another three astronauts sent by the Shenzhou-15 spaceship at Tiangong, which will, for the first time, carry six astronauts at once.
- China is a latecomer in space exploration. The country has sent 23 crewed missions to space since 2013 when Yang Liwei became the first Chinese to enter space. The U.S. carried out its first manned space mission in May 1961, less than a month after the former Soviet Union sent the first human to space. Before NASA suspended manned space flights in 2011, the U.S. had flown around 170 missions to space.
Wang Yi summarizes trip to Pacific island countries
- “We have no intention to compete with anyone for influence, nor do we have any interest in engaging in geopolitical competition” (我们无意同谁比拼什么影响力，也没有兴趣搞什么地缘争夺), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said (Ch) when taking questions about his trip to the South Pacific islands countries (SPICs).
- Responding to the concerns of other powers in the region, Wang emphasized that China’s cooperation with these states is open, transparent, and upright. When cooperating with the Pacific, China does not attach any political conditions or target any third party, and it does not seek so-called “spheres of influence," he said.
- Wang’s comments are in line with the principles of equality, mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence that Beijing has long advocated. By highlighting that China is a developing country like the SPICs, the foreign minister hinted that they share the same status in the current international order. Although Wang failed to secure a multilateral agreement on security and development, the trip was bound to strengthen the mutual understanding between China and these countries.