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China in Space: How long a reach? [Economist] #RisingChina #Space

China: from emancipation of the mind to rocking it up in space. There’s the bright side. Sputnik had a hand in triggering the rise of the internet. What will this round of the space race yield?

Click here  to head to the 64th International Astronautical Congress 2013 online.

For more, see: BBC – China to launch 60sqm space station by 2023

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Source – BBC, 2013

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How long a reach?
The International Astronautical Congress is meeting in Beijing. But what, exactly, does China want from outer space?
Source – Economist, published Sep 28th 2013 |Originally from the Print Edition

Image source -Dave Simmonds

THE Soviet Union in 1961. The United States in 1962. China in 2003. It took a long time for a taikonaut to join the list of cosmonauts and astronauts who have gone into orbit around Earth and (in a few cases) ventured beyond that, to the Moon. But China has now arrived as a space power, and one mark of this has been the International Astronautical Federation’s decision to hold its 64th congress in Beijing.

The congress, which is attended by representatives of all the world’s space agencies, from America and Russia to Nigeria and Syria, is a place where eager boffins can discuss everything from the latest in rocket design and the effects of microgravity on the thyroid to how best an asteroid might be mined and how to weld metal for fuel tanks.

All useful stuff, of course. But space travel has never been just about the science. It is also an arm of diplomacy, and so the congress serves too as a place where officials can exchange gossip and announce their plans.

And that was just what Ma Xingrui, the head of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and thus, in effect, the congress’s host, did. He confirmed that an unmanned lunar mission, Chang’e 3, will be launched in the first half of December. This means, if all goes well, that before the year is out a Chinese rover will roam the surface of the Moon. It will collect and analyse samples of lunar regolith (the crushed rock on the Moon’s surface that passes for soil there). It will make some ultraviolet observations of stars. And it will serve to remind the world that China intends—or at least says it intends—to send people to the Moon sometime soon as well.

Please click here to read the entire article at the Economist.

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Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Dream, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Economist, Government & Policy, History, Influence, Infrastructure, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Media, Modernisation, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Resources, space, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Technology, The Chinese Identity

Flight delays make mockery of ‘China speed’ [Global Times] #RisingChina #AirTravel

A Global Times Op-Ed on the need for a new consensus to move Chinese air travel forward. How much legitimacy will the China Dream narrative hold if expedient air travel is not part of the equation? There are lessons to be learnt, and in a way many forget it is a large country still due a lot of things to sort out. For instance I recall freezing in Kunming’s architecturally stunning new airport carved out in a mountain range. Cooling they had, for summer. But as for winter… according to locals, heating wasn’t ready due to the rush to open the airport. Read more about the experience here.

In a decade, both Beijing and Shanghai have made it onto the world’s top 20 airports measured by passenger traffic – Beijing even ranks second. Nonetheless, though “China’s speed” seems to dazzle, “China’s quality” cripples…

… Civilian airlines use only 20 percent of the airspace in China, while the rest is strictly controlled by the military. Liu Zhun / Global Times

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Flight delays make mockery of ‘China speed’
– OP-ED
By Liu Zhun
Source – Global Times, published July 16, 2013

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illustrated by Liu Rui / Global Times

China is moving fast. Its GDP growth topped 7.5 percent in the worst years of the global economic decline. It was also able, when the world economy began to recover in 2012, to surpass the US in total volume of trade.

China’s image seems to have become synonymous with speed. But a report released recently by FlightStats, a reliable US-based real-time tracker of world air travel services, ranked Chinese mainland’s airports as the world’s worst in terms of on-time departures and arrivals.

According to the report, which covers 35 major world airports and their punctuality this June, Beijing Capital International Airport is embarrassingly listed at the bottom, with just 18.3 percent of flights leaving on time.

The second worst was taken by another Chinese airport – Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, with only 28.72 percent of its passenger planes taking off on schedule. The average punctuality rate was 69.26 percent.

Please click here to read the entire article at the Global Times.

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Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, China Dream, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Government & Policy, Infrastructure, Mapping Feelings, Modernisation, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Social, Soft Power, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Technology, The Chinese Identity, Transport

Trial flight photos of China’s J-31 stealth fighter [Xinhua] #RisingChina #StealthHardPower

Hard power update: the Shenyang J-31 is a fifth-generation jet fighter with stealth characteristics developed by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation.

Please visit the Xinhua page for high res photos.

Also, check out a Nov 2012 CCTV report on youtube here.

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Trial flight photos of China’s J-31 stealth fighter
Editor: Deng Shasha
Source – Xinhua, published July 1, 2013

Photos: Global Times
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Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Dream, Chinese Model, Communications, Government & Policy, Hard Power, Influence, military, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Research, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Technology, The Chinese Identity

Foreign buyers eye Chinese drones [China Daily] #RisingChina #UAV #HardPower

A glimpse at one of three state backed UAV projects.

For more, see

Low-cost Chinese drone to be unveiled at Zhuhai show: Mainland enters lucrative global UAV market with prices well below US and Israeli rivals (SCMP, November 11, 2012)

And

Orders taken for Chinese drone
(Global Times, November 15, 2013)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s CH-4.

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Foreign buyers eye Chinese drones
By Zhao Lei
Source – China Daily, published June 20, 2013

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A Wing Loong drone on display at Zhuhai Airshow last year. Phot by Liang Xu / Xinhua

Technological advances have made unmanned vehicle an attractive deal

At least five countries are negotiating with China on buying its domestically developed Wing Loong drone.

“Wing Loong is quite competitive in the international market and we have delivered it to up to three clients,” Ma Zhiping, general manager of China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp, said at the 50th International Paris Air Show.

Ma’s company is the biggest exporter of aviation defense products in China and has a strong presence in the military aircraft market. It belongs to Aviation Industry Corp of China, the country’s leading aircraft manufacturer.

Please click here to read the entire article at China Daily.

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Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, China Dream, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Economics, Government & Policy, Hard Power, Ideology, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, military, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Technology, The Chinese Identity

Here flies the dragon: Chinese airlines flex their muscles [the Age] #RisingChina #Aviation

Fruits on reform to enhance connectivity checklist. Planes, working on it. Trains, ticked. Automobiles, working on it.

There is still a long road ahead for rising China to sort it its mass transit issues because quite simplify, its volume for ‘mass’ is one for larger than most countries can only dream off.

The bonus with air travel is the extended amount of positive influence that can be massaged into a short or long haul flight…

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Here flies the dragon: Chinese airlines flex their muscles
Matt O’Sullivan and Peter Cai
Source – The Age, published June 17, 2013

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Ready for takeoff: Passengers watch a China Southern Airlines plane take off at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport last year. Photo: Reuters

Singapore Airline’s second-in-charge, Mak Swee Wah, summed up what looms on the horizon from China.

“Chinese airlines’ ambition is a reflection of the country’s ambition,” he said during a visit to Australia two weeks ago. “It is taken as a given that they will be growing aggressively.”

There is no doubt China’s airlines are beginning to flex their muscles.

In the case of China Southern, its tentative interest in a strategic stake in Qantas is reflective of a wider foray overseas by Chinese enterprises.

Please click here to read the full article at The Age.

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China tests self-developed-biofuel flight [Xinhua] #RisingChina #BioJetFuel #Aviation

Palm + recycled cooking oil = Bio-Jet fuel. China becomes fourth country to independently produce bio-jet fuel…

More on Sinopec Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Company at its official site here. For a Businessweek snapshot, click here.

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China tests self-developed-biofuel flight
Editor: Chen Zhi
Source – Xinhua, published April 24, 2013

Source - news.com.cn

Source – news.com.cn

A ceremony is held to celebrate the test flight of an airplane using aviation biofuel at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, east China, April 24, 2013. Sinopec, China’s top oil refiner, announced the success of the first test flight powered by the company’s newly developed aviation biofuel product on Wednesday. An Airbus A320 owned by China Eastern Airlines landed at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on Wednesday morning after completing an 85-minute journey using Sinopec’s aviation biofuel, the company said. The biofuel made of palm oil and recycled cooking oil was produced by Sinopec Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Company. (Xinhua/Chen Fei)

China on Wednesday successfully conducted a first test flight powered by self-developed biofuel made mainly from palm oil and recycled cooking oil.

An Airbus A320 operated by China Eastern Airlines landed at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at 7:08 a.m. after completing an 85-minute journey using aviation biofuel produced by Sinopec, the country’s top oil refiner.

The success made China the fourth country after the United States, France and Finland to boast independent production of bio-jet-fuel.

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Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Government & Policy, Influence, Infrastructure, Nationalism, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Resources, Science, Soft Power, Strategy, Technology, The Chinese Identity, xinhua

Space station dream closer [China Daily] #China #Space

On the Chinese final frontier.

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Space station dream closer
By Xin Dingding
Source – China Daily, published March 8, 2013

A space lab will be launched in two years ahead of a key fueling experiment vital for the building of a space station, a leading official with the manned space program said.

Shortly after the lab goes into orbit, a freighter will be launched. Tests and research on the freighter technology have produced encouraging results, said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of the manned space program and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

The space lab, Tiangong-2, will be built using backup craft for the Tiangong-1 space module.
Tiangong-1 was launched in September 2011. Tiangong-2 will have a number of upgrades and modifications, the most important being its ability to refuel from the freighter, he said.
China will work to build a space station after the Tiangong-2 space lab completes its mission, Zhou added.

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Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Domestic Growth, Economics, Finance, Government & Policy, Hard Power, Influence, International Relations, military, Nationalism, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Science, space, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Technology, Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

Liu Yang: China sends a woman to the final frontier [Newsweek]

Source – Newsweek, July 2 and 9 double issue, page 8,, 2012

So it seems a wider international audience is getting a healthy dose of Liu Yang, China’s little master stroke to fan the flames of public imagination in the second largest news weekly from the US. A public relations chess move a few games ahead, perhaps? And on page 8 too, a number the Chinese value as prosperous. Titled Liu Yang: China sends a woman to the final frontier, the piece by Melinda Liu is one of few positive China stories that gets international attention nowadays.
This Newsweek report reveals that while China’s first taikonaut Yang Liwei’s 2003 flight was not broadcast live, more than 250 media outlets were at the remote Gobi desert to watch blastoff. The move to have a woman on board, it is reported was to also fulfill expectations of the public on top of the fundamental aim of advancing human spaceflight. If China’s aim was to be on equal footing as the US, then this may be one area where it has done better already.
For decades China was third behind the US and Russia in the rocket race. So, the Chinese have come a long way since the successful launch of the Dong Feng 1 东风 guided rocket launch in 1960. As the rise of China coincides with the power dilution of these two cold war icons, an opening seems ripe for China’s grand entrance; and one with tones of gender equivalence one, 52 years later at that at a time the US retires its shuttle fleet. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Education, Human Rights, Influence, International Relations, Liu Yang, Newsweek, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Science, Soft Power, space, Strategy, Technology, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Uncategorized, , , , ,

Qantas to launch joint venture with China Eastern to form Asian budget carrier [The Age]

More Australia-China synergy – good for business? Jet Star Hong Kong emerges from joint venture with China Eastern (中国东方), a Shanghai-based carrier with a  64.93 million domestic and international passenger load in 2010.

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Qantas to launch Asian budget carrier
by Matt O’Sullivan
Source – The Age, published March 26, 2012

Qantas is set to unveil a joint venture with China Eastern today which will create a new budget airline to be called Jetstar Hong Kong.

In a significant breakthrough into the northern Asian region, Qantas announced the Hong Kong joint venture with the Shanghai-based airline this morning. The new airline will use short-haul Airbus A320 aircraft, serving routes in Asia including China, starting next year.

Qantas said the maximum exposure for both it and China Eastern will be $US99 million ($96 million) over a three-year period. The carriers plan the new venture to expand from an initial three aircraft to 18 by 2015, China Eastern said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Australia, Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Economics, Greater China, Influence, International Relations, Peaceful Development, Social, Soft Power, The Age, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Transport

Stealth Race: China test flies Chengdu J-20 ‘Black Eagle’ [Russia Today/Youtube]

A Russia Today news report on Youtube explores how China’s fifth-generation fighter J-20, though built in China is also reliant on parts from the U.S. and Russia. This is unlike the U.S. and Russia where the F-22 and Sukhoi T-50 are largely indigenous fighters.

The interview also reveals because of this, China may not necessarily have the critical production capability to go beyond prototypes and build an entire fleet. From China’s track record of deconstructing technology (legal or otherwise, see China: Intellectual Property Infringement, Indigenous Innovation Policies, and Frameworks for Measuring the Effects on the U.S. Economy by the United States International Trade Commission), I would disagree. It seems only a matter of time before they figure out how to do it on their own.

China’s confirmed it’s conducted a successful test flight of its new stealth fighter. Following on the heels of the U.S. and Russia, it is now the third country to put a stealth prototype into the air. (Russia Today, in Youtube, Jan 11, 2011)

Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Influence, International Relations, J-20, military, Russia, Strategy, Technology, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, U.S., Youtube

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