Pak anxious to be first ride in Chinas space mission

MONITORNG REPORT IBD: Chairman of the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission Ahmed Bilal has said that if China starts taking foreign astronauts to outer space, his country would like to be the first candidate.

“We also want to cooperate with China in remote sensing technology and educating the public about space,” the China Daily quoted Bilal as saying during his recent visit to Beijing.

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“We would like to train astronauts from other countries and organizations that have such a demand, and we would be glad to provide trips to foreign astronauts,” said Yang Liwei, Deputy Director of China Manned Space Agency.

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China is willing to provide training and open the Chinese space station to foreign astronauts, he said. Yang, countrys first astronaut, who went into space in 2003, said many countries submitted proposals to the Chinese government during the development of the space station, hoping China would help train their astronauts and then send them to the station to conduct scientific experiments. The purpose of including foreign participants in our space programmes is not only that these nations can send their people to outer space, but also that we will enable them to develop their own space projects.

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