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Relations between Russia and China in the Sphere of Space: Are the US Ready for this?

More than a dozen projects have been sent to Roskosmos for mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and China in the use of the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

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 on the part of both China and the Russian Federation. China has just begun to build its own space station, which means it needs a fairly long-term positive experience in creating such structures on the part of 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 manufacturers of space technology, and in particular the Chinese state industrial corporation Great Wall, a joint seminar with Russia was held, organized by JSC Reshetnaya Information Satellite Systems. And just three months later, information appeared about the creation of a joint venture between the Russian non-commercial partnership GLONASS and the Chinese Northern 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.

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