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China in Space

October 17, 2003

[Originally posted by Bunjiweb]

So, China has joined the space race, and what a successful start it was. Done in the traditional Chinese style of keeping it under wraps until it was deemed a success so as not to appear to have failed.

But, is this the start of "Star Wars" or should we be proud as more of the Earth's continents get out of this world?

So, discuss!

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October 18, 2003

Initially I wasn't sure if I wanted to part take in this discussion, however, I feel there's something I need to get off my chest...

Congratulations to the People's Republic of China. You guys have managed to buy, borrow, steal and robbed sufficient amount of scientific material to launch a man into space. Wasting vast amount of national resources into a propaganda exercise while hundreds of millions of my fellow Chinese live in conditions that can only be described as inhuman.

There is no doubt about it - nearly the entire space program has been taken from the former Soviet Union (or nowadays Russia). I have to give the Communist a big thumbs up for having the balls to do it; but then again, even if the first attempt fails, there's no such thing as bad publicity...

Watch out, the rest of the world! In sending a man into space and manage to have him returned in one piece and still alive demonstrates three things:

1) We have enough technology here to do it and we'll throw enough money at it to make it happen.
2) We want to be a 'super power'; whether you like it or not, we're going to be one. Better not fcuk with us.

3) You know all those nuclear warheads we've stock piled in the last 50 years... Well, if you p!ss us off seriously enough, you may find one (or a few) falling on top of you.

The rest of the world may see thousands of 'very happy' Chinese citizens out in the streets celebrating this event and they've every right to, if they've wanted to. At the same time, I don't think many people in the PRC actually give a monkey whether they've been to the Sun and back - their lives suck! If you can't look after #1, would you care if someone just spend half a day in a tin can in space?


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