10 September 2018
From 9-15 September, the 31st Panetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is taking place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. During a press conference Yang Liwei told the media agency BelTA that: "I believe that space exploration is the common goal of the humanity. Some states have achieved a lot in space exploration. Others are just starting their journey. But all countries are cooperating in this area. Our main goal is to develop in this direction and to explore the unexplored space. We have already made great progress in this matter." Yang Liwei said that he is often called "Chinese Yuri Gagarin": "I am very happy about this and I am proud that they call me that."
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