China may have ambitious plans for exploration and exploration of space, but it wants to go the path of cooperation. The country's ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that the future China Space Station (CSS) is open to cooperation and use by all U.N. member countries.
"CSS not only belongs to China, but also to the world, and all countries, regardless of their size and level of development, can participate equally in cooperation," said Shi Zhongjun, according to a report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua. "Through the vehicle of CSS we want to build a model of sincere mutually beneficial cooperation between countries in the peaceful exploration and exploitation of space," he added.
China had long wanted to participate in the International Space Station (ISS) ̵
1; at least since 2007 – but was repeatedly rejected at the behest of the United States. All current ISS participants must agree to accept new ones, and the US has been wary of technology transfer, fearing that China could use it for military purposes.