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A new space alliance between Russia and China or where the US is looking
An official visit of the Roskosmos delegation to the PRC took place, within the framework of which a provision on cooperation in the field of satellite navigation, the regulations on the committee and the minutes of the first working meeting was signed, RIA Novosti reported citing a representative of Roskosmos.
The creation of the committee was a continuation of the development of cooperation between Russia and China in the development of satellite navigation systems GLONASS and BeiDou.
Yesterday, Xinhua reported that the People's Liberation Army of China has tested the new navigation system BeiDou, which is analogous to the Russian GLONASS. As a result of testing, the navigation system is integrated into the platform for the release of modern PLA weapons and the army command system.
At the same time, according to the source, the head of Roskosmos Igor Komarov and the chairman of the China National Space Administration Xuya Dazhe discussed the interaction of the two countries in the field of creating rocket engines and electronic component base for this industry.
As previously reported in EastRussia, more than a dozen projects on mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and China for the use of the Russian segment of the International Space Station were sent to Roskosmos for consideration by the Chinese partners.
The proposals come in various lines from the China National Space Administration to Peking University and provide for joint research programs on board the ISS, a high-ranking source in Roskosmos informs Izvestiya. In particular, some of them provide for research with a long stay of Chinese specialists on board the ISS. Other projects are striking in their originality. So the proposal was made to use traditional Chinese medicine to remove the negative consequences of being in zero gravity.
Roskosmos does not object to carrying out joint programs with Chinese partners, but expects an expert assessment of scientists. The proposed projects are currently under examination at the institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
However, the head of the representation of the US aerospace agency NASA in Moscow on the use of the ISS, Sean Fuller, does not give any comments on this issue. The reaction of American partners can be judged from the past experience of China's participation in the ISS project.
So in 90-its years of the last century, the US strongly opposed China's participation in the ISS project. In the spring of last year, the situation was critically exacerbated: when an attempt was made to remove a computer with secret information from the US, a Chinese employee of NASA was arrested. Soon, the US Congress adopted a public law, which prohibited the presence of representatives of China in any territory of the units of the American Aerospace Agency. A little later, Chinese scientists were denied participation in the astronomical congress, held under the patronage of the United States.
At the same time, there is a desire for cooperation both from China and from the Russian Federation. China has just started building its own orbital station, which means it needs a long enough positive experience of creating such structures from Russia. The latter suffered from the introduction of technological sanctions against the Russian space industry by a number of foreign countries. Chinese manufacturers could replace foreign suppliers. The necessary measures have already been taken in this direction. So in August, with the participation of Chinese space technology manufacturers, and in particular the Chinese state industrial corporation "Great Wall", a joint seminar with Russia was held, organized by JSC "Reshetnaya Informational Satellite Systems". And in three months there was information about the creation of a joint venture by the Russian non-profit partnership GLONASS and the Chinese North Industrial Corporation NORINCO.
Thus, the prospects for cooperation between Russia and China in the field of outer space on the face. However, the reaction to such rapprochement on the part of the United States remains a mystery.