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DM spokesman: China advocates exploring outer space for peaceful
A Defense Ministry spokesman on Wednesday reiterated China's
stance regarding the exploration of outer space, stating that
the country wishes to explore space for peaceful purposes and
is firmly opposed to the weaponization of space exploration programs.
Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng made the remark in
response to a question about the upcoming launch of the Tiangong-1,
China's first space lab module. International media reports have
implied that the module may be used for military purposes.
Geng replied to the question by reminding reporters of the vast
scale and sophistication required in undertaking space exploration.
"The military enjoys unique advantages in organizing and
coordinating such large-scale activities, and its involvement
in aerospace missions is an international practice," he
Previous media reports have stated that the Tiangong-1 is scheduled
to be launched between 9:16 p.m. and 9:31 p.m. Thursday. The
unmanned module will dock with China's unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft
after entering low-Earth orbit.
The Tiangong-1 was originally scheduled to be launched between
Sept. 27 and 30. The launch was then rescheduled for Sept. 29
or 30 due to weather conditions.
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