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China says it will use its space station together with Russia, other countries

China have signed a number of agreements with interested states and organizations

BEIJING, April 17. /TASS/. China intends to share its national space station with Russia and other countries on an equitable basis even as the global geopolitical situation is getting increasingly complicated, Hao Chun, director of China Manned Space Agency, said on Sunday.

"We have signed a number of agreements with interested states and organizations and achieved multiple results in doing joint research," he said, when asked by TASS about the prospects for cooperating with Russia amid the increasingly complicated international situation. "China intends to cooperate on an equitable and mutually beneficial basis."

"In the future we will definitely adhere to this principle and apply all possible effort <...> to deepen international cooperation," the official went on to say.

Hao Chun said Beijing is ready to make the orbital outpost a "good platform for shaping a humanity that’s united by one fate."

On October 16, 2021, at 00:23 local time (19:23 Moscow time on October 15), China launched the Shenzhou-13 manned spacecraft with three taikonauts on board from the Jiuquan Cosmodrome in northern China, to the country’s orbital station. On April 16, the cosmonauts, having successfully completed their tasks, returned to Earth.

The Chinese station is located at an altitude of about 400 km and will last more than 10 years. It’s designed for three people (or up to six people during crew replacements). The mass of the T-shaped system, which has three docking nodes and a spacewalking gateway, is 66 tons. It’s expected that the orbital outpost will start operating at the end of 2022 and, as the Chinese authorities promise, will be available for international projects.