There is no doubt that China has become a major space power, with its launch technologies, many satellites in orbit, manned space flight program, and its lunar exploration program. China considers the aerospace industry as “a significant symbol of the nation’s strength,” as remarked by President HU Jintao on the 50th Anniversary of Aerospace Industry (XNA, 2006). Over the last 50 years, China’s space program has improved rapidly and advanced through innovation initiated in China and through international cooperation.
This paper traces the current status and future development in China’s space program, with particular focus on studying China’s international space cooperation, and reforms on organization structure and policy-making process to promote stability of future development for the space program.
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