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Beijing (XNA) Jul 02, 2012
China is not competing with other countries with its space program, said Wang Zhaoyao, director of China's manned space program office, here on Friday.
Wang made the remarks at a press conference after three astronauts returned from the country's first manned space docking.
"We are not aiming to catch up and surpass other countries, nor to compete with anybody else. We just develop the program based on our own needs," Wang said, in response to a question on whether China has the ambition to become the world's leader in space program.
"China's space program is developing steadily as scheduled and planned by the government," he said.
Successful Shenzhou-9 mission latest stop on road to space
But it also marked the beginning of a new journey for China as it inches closer to its goal of building a space station.
China's space program has accomplished in 20 years' time the same tasks that took developed nations nearly half a century to accomplish, including manned space flights, space walks and a manned space docking procedure.
The recent successful docking of the Shenzhou-9 and Tiangong-1 lab module marks a new height for Chinese space exploration, as well as a new leap forward for national rejuvenation.
China's space exploration took a long time to ramp up. In 1992, 43 years after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the country decided to establish its manned space program.
Scientific policies have facilitated the program and helped it develop comprehensively and sustainably. The aerospace industry was given a larger role in the country's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) and authorities have taken pains to implement every step of the manned space program with great care.
The success of the Shenzhou-9 has demonstrated the power of China's collective wisdom and capability. About 110 research institutions have directly participated in the manned space program thus far, with more than 3,000 institutions and units coordinating their efforts.
The mission has also demonstrated the success of socialism, showing that it has the political advantage of accumulating wisdom and resources to achieve great things.
Facing limitless space, China's space program is only just beginning. The country will face challenges on its road to rejuvenation, but the success of the mission has boosted national confidence and shown China's people that the country's space program will have a bright future.
Source: Xinhua News Agency
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