ed its two-year designed life span. The spacecraft helped to pave the way for China’s future manned space station, according to the agency.
Wang Ya’nan, editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, said Tiangong II c
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y and verified life-support and in-orbit refueling technologies, all of which are essential to running a space station.
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und 2022 and to operate for about 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology.
In 2024, it would become the world’s only space station if t上海419论坛
he United States-led International Space Station is retired that year as planned.
The multimodule station, named Tiangong, will be mainly composed of three parts－a core module attached to two s
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The scientific communities of China and the United States still have room for exchanges and cooperation despite ongo
ing trade and technology disputes between the two countries, a senior science policy researcher said.上海419论坛
Stability, development, exchanges and global integration will remain C
hina’s top priorities in the coming decade. Hence, it is crucial for China and the US to respect, ratio
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ences’ Institutes of Science and Development, told China Daily in an interview.
The scientific communities should also enhance mutual exchanges and integration of standards to jointly tackle glob上海419论坛
al issues including climate change, aging populations, energy and resources, and natural disasters, he said.
In recent years, China has seen substantial development in science and technol
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terprises and sweeping reforms tailored to the needs of researchers to unleash their full innovative potential.
China’s budget for research and development increased to 2.18 percent of its GDP l
ast year, reaching a record high of 1.96 trillion yuan ($285 billion), acc上海419论坛女神会所
ording to the National Bureau of Statistics. There also was a 16.9 percent year-on-ye
ar increase last year in patent applications from Chinese innovators, amounting to 4.32 million at home and abroad