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China to offer space station, training to other nations

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China space stationZhou Jianping, designer-in-chief of China's manned space program said that China's space station is expected to be opened to foreign astronauts.

"The space station will offer astronauts from around the world opportunities for research and experimentation," Mr. Jianping told Xinhua at the sidelines of an international symposium held in Beijing. Representatives from more than 20 countries and international organizations exchanged views on space technology cooperation, in a bid to promote the transformation and use of space technology. China's space station is expected to be completed around 2020.

The space station has been designed to accommodate three astronauts who will work in half-year shifts during its operation period, but new capsules can be added as needed for scientific research.

"The space station will use cutting-edge technologies, such as energy and regeneration technologies," said Mr. Jianping. He added that China is willing to exchange and cooperate with other countries in the field after the completion of the space station, in order to achieve peaceful use of space resources and mutual development.

China will also help other countries select and train astronauts to enhance technological exchanges. Wang Zhaoyao, director of China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO), said at a seminar in Beijing that China plans to boost cooperation with other countries in the selection and training of astronauts, the China News Service reported.

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