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Q: Why is China interested in carrying out space exploration?

What's the point? Is it all for show (a demonstration of China's development) or are there actual benefits to be reaped by exploring outer space (like finding space rocks that can be used as fuel or something!).

6 years 46 weeks ago in  Web & Technology - China

 
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Of course it's all to show the great power of the Middle Kingdom.  Plus then they get to claim anything they touch, the moon will be Chinese as soon as they touch down.

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Space travel like many other new technologies always start with the military.
Remember "star wars" in the 80's?  Not too far off from reality now I bet.
The publicity part is all about image, but there are always other deeper lying motivations for that level of investment.

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they are trying to get to the moon and peacfully liberate it, beause we all know that the moon has always been part of China. maybe they will build a high speed rail on it. 

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Well... they are going to need someplace to put all those people when China runs out of space for them all. 

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The main reason is two-fold.  And these reasons go for all countries who venture into space. 

1) Publicity.  It shows the world they are technologically advanced enough to fly into space.  Only powerful and profitable countries can do this.

2) Territorial rights.  All the countries know that eventually, technology will advance to a sufficient point where colonies on other moons/planets will be possible.  By building a space program they put themselves on the front lines to claim entire worlds/resources in their name.

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As Dec. 22, 2012 is approaching, it will be wise to find a way to escape the poor earth at least for the leaders.

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the usa is cutting everything including nasa. china has all the money and the 1st country out of the global recession while the west struggles to hold on everything they got, china is surging forward into areas that were once dominated by the usa. With a surging economy why not?

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the west came fast and will go fast. china has been around since the dawn of civilization and isn't going anywhere. they are leading the world in green technologies and will sell the world free energy. Now they are focusing on space and exploration! go china!!

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 The Chinese need to get into space so in the future Capt Kirk can have Sulu at the helm.

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The Chinese government watched the last movies of Transformer and thought that the US are hiding alien spacecraft or technology.
So they want to land on the moon, check if the Ark is still there or if Megatron took it away already. Then, if they think their trip was a waste, they will simply raise the Chinese flag on the moon and say "That's one small step for Chinese, one giant leap for China, mankind comes after us."

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there hasn't been such an economic explosion like this ever in the histor of man.

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There is no benefit for China. It's all about national pride. They're doing things that were done 50 years ago so really, there's nothing all that impressive going on. They're still miles behind the other spacefaring countries. No biggie. Maybe once they start letting private enterprise develop cheaper methods of space travel like the US is then they can boast.

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Face.

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EU is begging China for its ass right now from a collapasing economy. The wars in the middle east got nato crashing. China basically owns the US now. 

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Cover up boys.....China seeks to explore Uranus!

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i think leaking information from nasa is a good way to get china to waste money on a space program instead of weapons technology, their going to spend the money , why not nudge them into a certain direction and make them think it was their idea.

damn , thats what my wife does everyday

make them think their respected and gain face by doing it 50 years later.

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Are you serious? Space exploration? Of course China would be interested in space because everything has not been learned about outer space. It's like digging in a mine and  people wanted to find gold. That was the gold rush because there was plenty more to find. Space exploration is the same way there is more to learn. Unless you think everything to learn has been learned and you know everything which I doubt!

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There are cookies, bookies and too many rookies for me to sit here trying to be a hooky! Looky Looky don't call me a wooky. Touchy Touchy Feely Feely Spicy Spicy Nicey Nicey & that's what the doctor Ordered!!

 
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If China was interested in space exploration it would join the others instead of starting from scratch. In all other areas the tech world, China does not mind adopting foreign technology, and in this case I am sure it is borrowing from other existing space programs, however, the whole "let's build a space station and sit there for a while" idea was done both by US and USSR, and I doubt China can gain any knowledge from doing this themselves they could not read on wikipedia. 

 

It is a show of power internationally and a source of "soft power" nationally. 

 

Naturally China has interest in the part of space exploration that has to do with getting resources such as precious metals from meteors, maybe eventually they would want in on a real estate boom on Mars etc. .... Hang on. Isn't there a UN resolution saying that space is for all of man kind ? Why Yes I think there is, but China does typically not follow international rules, and if they get to the red planet first, it will indeed be the red planet (whereas I personally find it to be more orange) 

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Lots of people without jobs so eventually they will go there with their brooms and start sweeping I guess.

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There are a small group of meteors close to Mars, that are rich in mineral resources, and that belong to China based on historical precedent. China must protect them from Japan.

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The short answer is defense. Space is the ultimate weapons platform for missile defense. There are over 600 satellites deployed in space right now (according to Janes) and perhaps a third are communication satellites,(radio, TV, GPS, military,) a third are surveillance (spy) satellites, and a third are killer satellites designed to "kill" the communication satellites of adversaries, and intercept missiles with neutron beam weapons mounted on satellites. China is aggressively working with Venezuela and Iran to accelerate its "space program" for the above reasons - the very same reason America and Russia spent billions over the last 30 years.  Google "Space Weaponry War" and educate yourself in 30 minutes.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6167113/More-evidence-drilling-aboard-International-Space-Station-Russia-claims.html

 

Those damn space soldiers flying around, we need a cease fire immediately from the United Universes, we must have peace

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