China aims to be major space power by 2030, says white paper

China plans to continue lunar and planetary exploration in the next five years. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) China has vowed to strengthen its space presence "in an all-round manner" over the next five years, according to a white paper issued Friday (Jan 28), as the country works to realise its aim to become a major space power by 2030.

Noting that the space industry is "a critical element of overall national strategy," the document, titled China's Space Programme: A 2021 Perspective, summarised China's achievements in the past five years and laid out plans for future major space projects.

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