Power Play

The race for space

Beijing’s ambitions have caught the attention of Washington, whose officials increasingly see the cosmos as the next frontier of US-China competition.

A model of the Tianwen-1 Mars rover is displayed during an exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing on March 4, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

Just before the Chinese New Year, the Tianwen-1 spacecraft made history for China when it began its orbit of Mars after a 202-day journey.

Zooming through the cosmos, the Chinese spacecraft - whose name means questioning the heavens - was hot on the heels of the United Arab Emirates' interplanetary probe, Hope.

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