SCIO briefing on white paper on China's space activities

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Wu Yanhua, vice head of China National Space Administration
Li Guoping, director of Department of System and Engineering, China National Space Administration

Xi Yanchun, vice director-general of the Press Bureau, State Council Information Office

Dec. 27, 2016

In the following five years, we will promote integrated development of space science, space technology and space application. Key tasks include:

First, implement major space engineering and promote capabilities in independent innovation. We will accomplish several national scientific major special projects, including manned space flight, lunar exploration, BeiDou navigation, and high resolution Earth observation, and start several major aerospace engineering programs, including deep space exploration represented by Mars exploration, space-Earth integration information network, spacecraft on orbit service and maintenance system, and heavy lift lunch vehicle.

Second, construct space infrastructure and boost space technology application. We will implement mid- and long-term development plan of national space infrastructure, and strengthen space-based, ground-based and application systems. We will strongly promote satellite remote sensing, satellite communication, satellite navigation industrialization and scale development, strengthen satellite and application strategic emerging industries, accelerate new industry cultivation of "internet + satellite application," and create new economic growth point, so as to make more significant contribution to domestic economic construction and social development.

Third, enhance the study of space science and make original achievements. Targeting major frontier areas of space science and technology, we will implement a series of new space science satellite programs, establish a series of space science satellites featuring sustainable development, and reinforce basic application research. Major discoveries and breakthroughs are expected in the frontier areas of space science to further mankind's knowledge of the universe.

Fourth, comprehensively deepen the reform and foster a favorable environment for development. We will establish a diversified investment and funding system. The government will continue to make investments and encourage other kinds of investments to participate in space activities. We will accelerate the legislation to promote an orderly development of the industry. We will also promote reform in relevant enterprises and public institutions.

Fifth, intensify international exchange and bring benefits to mankind. We will actively participated in activities organized by the United Nations and other international organizations. We will promote the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative Space Information Corridor. We will accelerate the construction of BRICS remote-sensing satellite constellation and APSCO joint small multi-mission satellite constellation. We will also deepen the communication and cooperation in such fields as manned spaceflight, deep space exploration, space science, satellite communication, satellite remote-sensing, satellite navigation and monitoring and control of launching process. We will actively help Chinese enterprises to participate in international space activities and help Chinese space products "go global."

China is willing to carry out international space exchanges and cooperation, so that achievements in space activities will serve and improve the well-being of mankind in a wider scope, at a deeper level and with higher standards.

Xi Yanchun:

Mr. Wu Yanhua, thank you for your introduction. Now, we can take questions.

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