29 June 2021
Upon the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo, all Party members, are busy at in-orbit construction of the country's space station. Nie joined the Party in 1986, Liu in 1990, and Tang in 1997.
China's 1st astronaut Yang Liwei, also a Party Member, once said, "like foreign astronauts having their beliefs, we believe in Communism, which is also a spiritual power. ... We do not pray in the way our foreign counterparts do, but the common belief has made us more united in space, where there is no national boundary, to accomplish our missions." China's manned space programme was approved by the CPC Central Committee in 1992.