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China eyes large-scale space-borne biology experiments

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File photo of a full-size model of the core module of China's space station Tianhe. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, China (Global Times) — Chinese space industry insiders are considering using the country’s upcoming space station as a facility for large-scale space-borne biology experiments in order to constantly increase China’s ability to safeguard its biosecurity, according to Zhao Xiaojin, Party chief of the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).

Zhao, who is also a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top advisory body, made the statement on the sidelines of the ongoing national two sessions on Saturday.

Zhao told the Global Times on Saturday that he hoped to contribute to the national goals of social economic development and winning the battle against COVID-19.

The trial version of the country’s new-generation manned spaceship, which was developed by the CAST, successfully completed its maiden flight and returned safely earlier this month, fully verifying the function of the key technology, Zhao noted. “The era of China’s space station construction has officially been ushered in.”

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