New engine passes test and revs up space hopes

A next-generation engine, that will pave the way for lunar exploration, was successfully tested on Sunday. The engine, with a 120-ton-thrust using liquid oxygen (LOX) and kerosene, will enable the Long March 5 carrier rocket - which is expected to make its maiden voyage in 2014 - to place a 25-ton payload into near-Earth orbit, or place a 14-ton payload into geostationary orbit, experts said. The tests, which included seeing how the engine would respond to rotational speeds of nearly 20,000 revolutions per minute and temperatures of 3,000 C for 200 seconds, were held in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province. "The successful tests confirm the reliability of China's LOX/kerosene engine," said Lai Daichu, test commander. Tan Yonghua, head of Xi'an Aerospace Propulsion Institute under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, which developed the engine, said that the single engine currently used by Long March carrier rockets only has a 75-ton thrust, much less than the … [Read more...]

China prepares for moon launch with patriotic blast

China readied to launch its first moon orbiter Wednesday accompanied by a blaze of patriotic propaganda celebrating the country's space ambitions and technological prowess. Barring bad weather or technical problems, the Chang'e One orbiter will blast off from the southwest province of Sichuan and then spend more than a year surveying the moon's surface in preparation for an unmanned moon vehicle around 2010 and then a manned landing in future decades. Visitors walk among replicas of rockets at a theme park in Wuhu, east China's Anhui province, October 23, 2007 Even before the blast, state media celebrated Chang'e One, named after a mythical Chinese goddess who flew to the moon, as a display of the country's growing strength. "Without a doubt, the launch of the Chang'e One will again show the world that Chinese people have the willpower, confidence and ability to constantly scale the heights of science and technology," said one commentator on the Sina Web site … [Read more...]

Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions wins Turkey missile defence system tender

ISTANBUL - NATO member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defence firm that has been hit by U.S. sanctions to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defence system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms. The Turkish defence minister announced the decision to award the contract to China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) in a statement on Thursday. In February, the United States announced sanctions on CPMIEC for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act. It did not say precisely what CPMIEC had done, but Washington has penalised the company before. In 2003, Washington said it was extending sanctions on the firm for arms sales to Iran. It was unclear when those measures were first imposed. Officials at state-run CPMIEC, the marketing arm of China's missile manufacturing industry, could not immediately be reached for comment. Turkey, which has the second-largest deployable military force in the NATO alliance, … [Read more...]

China denies firm shipped missile trucks to N.Korea

Beijing said Wednesday Chinese companies were not involved in shipping missile launch vehicles to North Korea last year, denying a Japanese newspaper report that accused it of breaking UN resolutions. A North Korean missile is displayed during a military parade earlier this year in Pyongyang to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung. Photo: AFP The Asahi Shimbun report -- based on Japanese government sources -- is the most strident of recent claims that China has been involved in helping to arm its wayward ally Pyongyang. "China has been strictly implementing relevant Security Council resolutions and its own laws and regulations on non-proliferation export control," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said in response to a question on the report. "Chinese companies did not export items that are banned by relevant Security Council resolutions or Chinese laws and regulations." Asked whether China may have exported the vehicles through companies … [Read more...]

China launches telecommunication satellite

China successfully sent a telecommunication satellite, "ChinaSat 2A," into orbit on Saturday evening, using a Long March-3B carrier rocket launched from the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The rocket blasted off at 11:56 p.m. Beijing time. The satellite, developed by China Academy of Space Technology, will be used to meet the demands for China's radio and TV broadcasting and broadband multimedia transmissions, according to China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd. Saturday's launch marked the 163rd mission of the Long March carrier rocket series developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. VietNamNet/Xinhuanet … [Read more...]

China launches new remote-sensing satellite

Source: XinhuaChina successfully launched the remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XIII Thursday (May 10) from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in the northern province of Shanxi, according to a press release from the centre. The satellite was carried into space aboard a Long March 4B carrier rocket which blasted off at 3:06 p.m. Beijing time, according to the centre. The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out surveys on land resources, monitor crop yields and help with natural disaster reduction and prevention. The Long March 4B carrier rocket was produced by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Thursday's launch is the 162nd mission of Long March series carrier rockets. The satellite, weighing only 9.3 kg, will be mainly used for data reception for the satellite-based vessel Automatic Identification System, optical imaging and various space exploration experiments in orbit./. … [Read more...]

N. Korea threatens war, Seoul unveils new missile

North Korea demanded Thursday that South Korea apologise for what it called insults during major anniversary festivities, or face a "sacred war", as Seoul unveiled a new missile to deter its neighbour. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (C) waves at the end of a major military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder and his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang, on April 15. Photo: AFP Regional tensions have risen since Pyongyang went ahead with a long-range rocket launch last Friday, defying international calls to desist. The event was to have been a centrepiece of celebrations marking the 100th anniversary Sunday of the "Day of the Sun", the birthday of Kim Il-Sung who founded the communist nation and the dynasty which still rules it. But the rocket, which the North said was designed to launch a satellite, disintegrated after some two minutes of flight. "The puppet regime of traitors must apologise immediately for their grave … [Read more...]

China to launch natural disaster monitoring satellite

China will launch the first of eight satellites to monitor environment and natural disasters from the countrys north Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre this week, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The satellite "Environment 1", an optical satellite, will be sent into orbit by a Long March 2C carrier, according to local media. It will monitor most of the country and send back data daily, making up for the countrys earth observation data shortage, said Wu Xiaoqing, vice minister of Environmental Protection. The satellite will work as a constellation with seven other satellites yet to be launched. Its observational footprint is 720 km. It is expected to forecast and monitor natural disasters such as flooding, drought, typhoon, landslide and earthquake, Wu said. P.V … [Read more...]

Chinese scientists make sperm from mouse stem cells

SHERIDAN MIAMI — Using embryonic stem cells from mice, Chinese scientists reported on Thursday they have created functioning sperm, which was injected into female mice eggs and resulted in normal, fertile offspring. While experts cautioned that the work is a long way from being applicable to humans, the research may mark a step forward in efforts to one day treat male infertility. "If proven to be safe and effective in humans, our platform could potentially generate fully functional sperm for artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization techniques," said co-senior study author Jiahao Sha of Nanjing Medical University. "Because currently available treatments do not work for many couples, we hope that our approach could substantially improve success rates for male infertility." The team, which included co-senior authors Qi Zhou and Xiao-Yang Zhao of the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, published their work in the peer reviewed journal Cell Stem … [Read more...]

Asia policymakers spared Fed jolt, look to support shaky economies

A currency dealer walks in front of electronic boards showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) and the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and South Korean won, at a dealing room of a bank in Seoul, South Korea, December 17, 2015. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji Asia policymakers on Thursday applauded an historic turn in U.S. monetary policy, but analysts cautioned that the region's economies faced vulnerabilities even as markets took the Federal Reserve rate hike in their stride. The prospect of the first hike in U.S. rates in almost a decade had kept emerging markets on edge in the weeks leading up to the Fed's decision, amid fears investors would redirect capital to higher-yielding U.S. debt in a fresh blow to their shaky economies. However, an initial rally smoothed the brows of Asian central bankers who were the first to respond to the hike as U.S. policymakers sought to end an era of ultra-low rates that followed the global financial crisis. "The Fed's action brings an end … [Read more...]

China ‘clone factory’ scientist eyes human replication

In the factory's pipeline are thoroughbred racehorses, as well as pet and police dogs, specialised in searching and sniffing The Chinese scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction. Boyalife Group and its partners are building the giant plant in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin, where it is due to go into production within the next seven months and aims for an output of one million cloned cows a year by 2020. But cattle are only the beginning of chief executive Xu Xiaochun's ambitions. In the factory pipeline are also thoroughbred racehorses, as well as pet and police dogs, specialised in searching and sniffing. Boyalife is already working with its South Korean partner Sooam and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to improve primate cloning capacity to create better test animals for disease research. And it is a short biological step from monkeys to … [Read more...]

U.S. Naval patrol challenges China’s claims in disputed sea

Mischief Reef in the South China Sea. Photo: DigitalGlobe/ScapeWare3d/DigitalGlobe/Getty Images A U.S. Navy warship sailed through waters claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea and was "shadowed and warned," as territorial tensions escalated ahead of a series of international summits next month where the leaders of the two countries will cross paths. The USS Lassen passed within 12-nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly island chain, according to a U.S. defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. U.S. officials have repeatedly said they’ll act to protect freedom of navigation in the area. By passing so close to the man-made island, the U.S. is showing it doesn’t recognize that the feature qualifies for a 12-nautical mile territorial zone under international law. The patrol marks the most direct attempt by the U.S. to challenge China over its behavior in one of the world’s busiest waterways. China, which claims more than 80 percent of the … [Read more...]

China government think tank says economy may grow 6.9 percent this year: state media

A woman walks at the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai March 5, 2015. China's economic growth will likely slow to 6.9 percent this year amid gloomy short-term macroeconomic trends and the threat of deflation, state media quoted an annual report from a top government think tank as saying. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in its "blue book" report on China's economy that the slowdown was wrought by falling investment by companies and individuals, and growing debt pressures faced by local governments, the Shanghai Securities News reported. The National Bureau of Statistics earlier this month revised China's 2014 economic growth to 7.3 percent, down from a previous reading of 7.4 percent which was its slowest rate in 24 years. The economy expanded 7 percent in the second-quarter. Beijing has only said that it is targeting growth this year of around 7 percent. CASS's status as a premier state-backed center for academic and policy research … [Read more...]

China eyes Maritime Silk Rd

Thu Van NANNING — It would take China some time to work out the feasibility of its initiative to revive the so-called Maritime Silk Road, which it hopes will boost trade among countries in the region. This was one of the thoughts presented by experts on the issue at a media forum held as part of the 12th China-ASEAN Expo, which opens today in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Several delegates questioned the practicality of the idea, suggesting it might benefit China more than any other nation involved. The Maritime Silk Road initiative was one component of Chinese President Xi Jinping's 2013 plans for two massive trade and infrastructure networks connecting East Asia with Europe: the New Silk Road and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The plans aim to strengthen China's economic relations with its trade partners, particularly its Asian neighbours, primarily via a network of transport and other infrastructure projects, possibly high-speed rail, … [Read more...]

Beijing workshop enhances Vietnam-China trade links

Attendees discussed measures to lift two way trade turnover to US$100 billion. (VOV) -The Vietnam Embassy in China has hosted a workshop in Beijing to promote bilateral trade, investment and tourism cooperation between the two countries. Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Van Tho praised positive development in Vietnamese Chinese comprehensive strategic partnership and expected participants to look for solutions for promoting bilateral potential and realizing targets set by leaders from both countries. A professor from the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Bo Zhengshui, said China’s recent devaluation of the Yuan does not impact bilateral trade balance as Vietnam has also adjusted its exchange. "Vietnam was the most rapid in exchange rate adjustment and there will be no major impact on bilateral imports and exports. We should look for other measures to ensure a balanced trade rather than depending on foreign exchange rates," he added. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Chinese trade, investment and tourism cooperation workshop 2015

Vietnamese Ambassador to China spoke with reporters (VOVworld)- The Vietnamese Embassy in China has held a workshop in Beijing to promote bilateral cooperation in trade, investment and tourism. Delegated discussed measures to boost two way trade turnover to 100 billion dollars. Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Van Tho praised positive development in Vietnamese Chinese comprehensive strategic partnership. He expected participants to look for solutions to promote bilateral potential and implement targets set by leaders of both countries. A professor from the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Bo Zhengshui, said China’s recent devaluation of the Yuan does not impact bilateral trade balance as Vietnam has also adjusted its exchange:"Vietnam was the most rapid in exchange rate adjustment and there will be no major impact on bilateral imports and exports. We should look for other measures to ensure a balanced trade rather than depending on foreign exchange rates." … [Read more...]

Chinese defence delegation visits Vietnam

PANO - Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People's Army (VPA), hosted a reception for a Chinese defence delegation, led by Major General Xue Baoguo, Political Commissar of the Xi An Political Academy under the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (CPLA), on June 24th during its visit to Vietnam. Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia (R) receiving Major General Xue Baoguo. General Nghia welcomed the visiting Chinese delegation and held that Vietnam and China are two neighbours with long-term traditional relations and cultural similarities. He reiterated that Vietnam is always grateful to the Chinese People and its Army for their support for the past Vietnamese national resistance wars against American and French invaders. The two sides' defence cooperation, tightened through the success of the recent second Vietnam-China Border Defence Friendship Exchange Program, is a pillar of the two countries' … [Read more...]

Does China’s military buildup harm anyone?

VietNamNet Bridge – "China strengthening national defense aims at defense. It is very normal, which does not bring harm to neighboring countries or the world," a Chinese scholar has said. Related news China is a threat: US scholarChina’s "historical evidence" worthless to international law VietNamNet Bridge would like to introduce several articles written by Hoang Huong during her trip to Hawaii (USA), Beijing and Hainan (China), Masinloc and Manila (the Philippines) and Singapore with journalists from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the East Sea (South China Sea) conflict, held by the Jefferson Fellowship program of the East-West Center (USA). The three scholars mentioned in the article are Dr. Mr. Denny Roy, a senior expert on governance and security from the East-West Center (USA), Prof. Sherry P. Broder, a lecturer at the William S. Richardson Law School, University of Hawaii (USA) and Dr. Li Guoqiang, a researcher in the field of philosophy and … [Read more...]

China is a threat: US scholar

VietNamNet Bridge - This is the second article in a series written Hoang Huong during her trip to Hawaii (USA), Beijing and Hainan (China), Masinloc and Manila (the Philippines) and Singapore with journalists from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the East Sea (South China Sea) conflict, held by the Jefferson Fellowships program of the East-West Center (USA). Related news China’s "historical evidence" worthless to international lawThe reef of Mischeft where China is conducting land reclaimation. The three scholars mentioned in the article are Dr. Mr. Denny Roy, a senior expert on governance and security from the East-West Center (USA), Prof. Sherry P. Broder, a lecturer at the William S. Richardson Law School, University of Hawaii (USA) and Dr. Li Guoqiang, a researcher in the field of philosophy and social sciences from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Sharing the same view that China has been developing very strongly and this country now has great … [Read more...]

China’s “historical evidence” worthless to international law

VietNamNet Bridge would like to introduce several articles written by Hoang Huong during her trip to the US, China, the Philippines and Singapore with journalists from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the East Sea (South China Sea) conflict. The East Sea: Risk of conflict, opportunities for cooperation? Third from the left: Dr. Li Guoqiang, a senior expert from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). China may show 'evidence' that Chinese sailors used to be present in the East Sea (South China Sea in international name), but according to international law, that does not prove its ownership. In the perspective of China, the country with many plans to turn the East Sea into its own pond, Mr. Li Guoqiang, a senior expert from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said that to face the new developments in the East Sea, all parties need to try harder. There is both the risk of conflict and opportunity for cooperation. When the parties cannot reach … [Read more...]