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China is making preparations for manned lunar landing

China is making preliminary preparations for a manned lunar landing mission, said Yang Liwei, deputy director general of China Manned Space Agency,  on Tuesday.

Yang Liwei, China’s first astronaut and deputy director of China’s manned space program office, makes a speech during the 2017 Global Space Exploration Conference in Beijing, capital of China, June 6, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua] 

It will not take long for the project to get official approval and funding, Yang said during a group interview at the Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017).

When asked whether he has any plan to step onto the Moon, Yang, China’s first astronaut, showed great excitement. “If I am given the opportunity, no problem!” he said.

Wu Yansheng, president of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), also said that China is working on a manned lunar landing plan.

The mission will consist of a manned spaceship, a propulsion vehicle and a lunar lander. The manned spaceship and the lunar lander will be sent into circumlunar orbit separately, according to Wu.

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PLA denies violating Indian airspace

PLA attack helicopter [File photo by Chen Boyuan/China.org.cn] 

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MOD) denied late on June 5 that one People’s Liberation Army (PLA) helicopter violated Indian airspace.

The MOD made the statement in response to Indian media allegations. A report on the Hindu dated June 3 read that “a Chinese helicopter has violated Indian air space in the Barahoti area of Chamoli district along the India-China border in Uttrakhand on Sunday.”

But the MOD clarified, saying that the report was “inconsistent with the facts,” adding that Chinese troops were conducting training on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control along the China-India border.

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