China moves to take leading role as global space power

China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 landing on the moon's surface in December 2013 (photo:dpa)
China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 landing on the moon's surface in December 2013 (photo:dpa)

Space offers China the stage on which to assert itself as the world’s most powerful force. The rising nation is demonstrating its potential as it ramps up its space programme with a string of ambitious moves with plans to build its own space station, a manned lunar landing, and a manned missions to Mars. However, China’s growing spaceflight skills are concerning some observers who forecast the nation surpassing America and Russia as the world’s pre-eminent spacefaring power – a position made increasingly possible due to rising tensions between the Kremlin and Washington.

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