China completes construction of advanced space launch facility

11 September 2014

China has finished building of its fourth and most advanced space launch center, Yang Liwei, Deputy Director of the China Manned Space Agency, said in Beijing during ASE's 27th Planetary Congress. He said, that the infrastructure construction on the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan has been completed and that the launch site will soon become operational. "The center is basically ready for spacecraft launches," he said.

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Newly elected ASE President, JAXA astronaut Noguchi seeks greater Chinese inclusion

16 September 2014
Soichi Noguchi, the first Asian astronaut elected President of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), expressed hope that China will join the international community in promoting space projects. “We will look forward to including China in the international framework of cooperation and are seeking an opportunity to start a dialogue,” Noguchi, 49, said at a news conference in Beijing on 15 September, the last day of the ASE’s annual Planetary Congress.
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China and UN strenghten cooperation in the area of disaster management

15 September 2014
China will work more closely with other nations to better use its assets in outer space to manage disasters, Pang Chenmin, Director of the National Disaster Reduction Center, said on Monday at the opening of the three-day United Nations International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Management, in Beijing. The conference, the fourth to be held since 2011, is organised by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. It is being attended by government officials and experts from 34 nations, 14 international and regional organisations and 13 research institutes.
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The U.S. still unhappy with China-Russia draft proposal on deployment of space weapons

11 September 2014
China and Russia updated the draft proposal for “Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects” which meets again rejections from the U.S.
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China constructing a satellite tracking station in Argentine Patagonia

12 September 2014
A space tracking station for lunar exploration being built in Argentine Patagonia by China, as part of the strategic relation and accords between the two countries, has caused concern in the Argentine congress because of the secrecy surrounding the terms of the deal.
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Chinese Military expert denies new PLA space division rumors

11 September 2014
A Chinese military expert has refuted recent reports that the People's Liberation Army has established a new aerospace branch focused on military operations in space, reports Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news website.
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