24 August 2017
Yang Liwei, Deputy Head of the Agency and the first Chinese in the space, said more than 10 countries, mostly developing, have asked for China's assistance in selecting and training astronauts. They hope to prepare astronauts for prospective joint missions to China's future space station, he said. "It normally takes about four years to train a Chinese astronaut. The time needed to train a qualified foreign astronaut will vary based on each candidate's individual situation," Yang said. "Considering that we will have our own space station in about four years, now is the time to begin such training for nations interested in joining our space station program."
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