20 October 2016
China's efforts to build the nation into a space power through its manned space program and space probe have been made in the spirit of peace.
However, coverage by Western media of China's successful launch of the manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 alluded to the project's military background.
19 October 2016
Veteran Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalyov, on behalf of all the cosmonauts at the Roscosmos State Corporation, sent a congratulatory letter to the Chinese astronauts.
"I believe Russian and Chinese astronauts will step into each other's spacecrafts and fly together in space in the future. Roscosmos will do its best to achieve this goal. I wish the Chinese astronauts a successful flight in this mission, hoping that we can meet later both in space and on the ground!" the letter said.
17 October 2016
China's news media are doing a tremendous job in covering the current Tiangong 2/Shenzhou 11 mission. Follow the Shenzhou 11 mission on CCTV's specially dedicated website
or Xinhua's science portal:
21 October 2016
"Isn't this cool?" 50-year-old Jing Haipeng asked his fellow astronaut Chen Dong in the cabin of Shenzhou-11 spaceship after it launched successfully from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on 17 October. As the window screens opened, the pair, who were chosen for China's longest manned mission so far, found themselves in space. "Very cool!" Chen, flying for the first time, answered in awe.