China, UN promote new space exploration partnership

Photo released on January 1, 2022 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows the group photo of the orbiter and Mars. China released on the first day of 2022 a group of new images of Mars taken by the Tianwen-1 probe. China’s Tianwen-1 mission, consisting of an orbiter, lander and rover, was launched on July 23, 2020. (CNSA/Handout via Xinhua)

HAIKOU, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — China on Monday issued a statement of action outlining its plan to promote international cooperation in space technology and exploration, working with other countries and international organizations in the United Nations framework.

The document was released during the 2nd Workshop of the UN-China Global Partnership on Space Exploration and Innovation in 2022, which kicked off Monday in Haikou, capital of the southern island province of Hainan.

The workshop, co-sponsored by the China National Space Administration (CNSA), the People’s Government of Hainan Province and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), focuses on the theme of “building of a new space exploration partnership”.

According to the action statement, China is willing to work with space agencies and international organizations around the world to promote the establishment of a new type of global partnership in space exploration and innovation characterized by equality and mutual benefit, openness and inclusiveness, peaceful use and benefit of mankind.

CNSA proposed the promotion of the new space exploration partnership in eight areas, including broad consultation on global governance, promotion of coordination of actions, deepening of project cooperation, promotion of development innovation, sharing scientific results, encouraging diverse participation, establishing cooperation platforms and safeguarding human security.

Zhang Kejian, head of CNSA, noted in his opening speech the importance of continuous efforts, innovation and adherence to peaceful utilization and sustainable development in space exploration.

Zhang said China is willing to work with space agencies and international organizations around the world to promote the vigorous development of human space industry within the framework of the United Nations in areas such as rule-making, strategic planning, the realization of space missions, as well as the sharing and application of scientific data.

Niklas Hedman, acting director of UNOOSA, said UNOOSA was pleased to see China’s achievements in space in recent years. The organization plans to take exploration efforts to another level through bilateral and multilateral partnerships.

“In the complex field of space exploration, international cooperation will undoubtedly be the best practice for success,” Hedman said. “Working together is crucial at a time when our dependence on space assets is only growing stronger.”

Shen Xiaoming, Party chief of Hainan, said spacecraft like the Mars probe Tianwen-1, the moon probe Chang’e-5 and the core module of the Tianhe space station have all taken off from Hainan to explore the universe. .

Shen noted that Hainan is striving to build a free trade port with Chinese characteristics that conforms to the highest level of openness in the world. As a key part of the Hainan Free Trade Port, Wenchang International Space City enjoys good development momentum in the aerospace industry.

According to Shen, the South Island Province is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with all parties in space science exploration and innovation, promote the construction of the International Space City of Wenchang through international platforms and to open new perspectives for space exploration and innovation.

The workshop, which will run from Monday to Thursday, will include sessions on international rules and policies for space exploration and innovation, women in space exploration and innovation, sustainable space exploration with special emphasis on planetary defense and protection, space science opportunities and challenges. , and lunar and deep space exploration.

More than 10 heads of space agencies from other countries will make presentations, and representatives from more than 80 countries and regions will attend the meeting online and offline.

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