05 February 2020
The first Long March 5B carrier rocket arrived at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan province on 5 February for prelaunch preparations. The rocket's components were carried by two rocket transportation ships, the Yuanwang 21 and Yuanwang 22, from Tianjin, a northern coastal municipality and home to the launch vehicle's manufacturing complexes. It spent about a week on the trip to the southernmost island province, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology in Beijing. At the launch center, the rocket will undergo a series ground tests with the Chinese space station's core module to verify the launch sequence for the space station missions. After the drills, it will carry out the debut flight in April to launch the test version of the country's new manned spaceship, said the China Manned Space Agency.
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CGTN footage of the arrival

05 February 2020
Florence Rabier, Director General of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) sent a letter to Ms. Liu Yaming, Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and expressed gratitude to CMA for providing ECMWF with Fengyun-4A data and constantly improving new instrument data quality.
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31 January 2020
Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said at a meeting of the Ukrainian experts involved in the Ukraine-China Commission on Cooperation on 31 January that China is a strategic partner for the European country. Apart from trade and economy, the key fields of Ukraine-China cooperation are research and technology, space, agriculture, culture, education and medicine. In each of these areas, subcommittees work and joint projects are implemented. For example, 34 Ukrainian research projects are being carried out by Ukrainian scientists along with their Chinese counterparts. Space cooperation is underway as part of the five-year plan, Ukrainians participate in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Programme. The areas of scientific exchange and space industry are key priorities of Ukraine-China cooperation.
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30 January 2020
Pakistan’s space program is set to benefit greatly from China’s advanced technology. In 1991, the Chinese Ministry of Aerospace Industry and SUPARCO signed an agreement on space cooperation, but for decades they had little to show for it. Space cooperation between China and Pakistan focused mainly on “personnel training and infrastructure development” for the next 20 years. With the inclusion of India and Pakistan in both the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and SAARC, these South Asian countries have a major positive role to play in space rather than countering each other. If India and Pakistan follow a path of confrontation on future space projects, it will only deepen the cooperation between Pakistan and China.
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03 February 2020
Yutu 2 lunar rover has driven 367.25 m on the far side of the Moon to conduct scientific exploration. Both the lander and the rover of the Chang'e 4 probe ended their work for the 14th lunar day on Saturday, 01 February (Beijing Time), and switched to dormant mode for the 14th lunar night, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Programme Center of the China National Space Administration. The scientific instruments on the lander and rover worked as planned.
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29 January 2020
In a study of the Internet in China in the late 1990s, my colleagues and I [Larry Press] observed that "China has been able to execute plans effectively by allocating resources to competing, government-owned enterprises," and Kai-Fu Lee shows that they have pursued a similar strategy with respect to AI. Now they are doing the same with low-Earth orbit (LEO) broadband satellite constellations.
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