BEIJING: China said on Monday that the launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see if the vehicle could be reused.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the launch involved a spacecraft instead of a missile and was “very important to reduce the spacecraft’s use-cost and to make a round trip for the peaceful use of mankind”. Could have provided a convenient and cost-effective way.”

China’s space program is run by its military and is closely tied to its agenda of building hypersonic missiles and other technologies that could shift the balance of power with the United States.


“China will work together with other countries of the world for the peaceful use of space and for the benefit of mankind,” Zhao said.

Zhao’s comments on the August test come days after China launched a second three-person crew to staff its space station on a six-month mission.

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As well as its space program, China’s expansion in hypersonic missile technology and other advanced areas has raised concerns as Beijing overreacts to its claims over seas and islands in the South China and East China Seas and large parts of its disputed high-mountain mountain. has become outspoken. border with India.