China's human spaceflight program is moving forward on a multimodule space station in the 2020s.  Courtesy: CMSE

China’s human spaceflight program is moving forward on a multimodule space station in the 2020s.
Courtesy: CMSE

 

There’s a growing debate over whether China and the Unites States should cooperate in space, and the dialogue now appears to focus on how to create an “open-door” policy in orbit for Chinese astronauts to make trips to the International Space Station (ISS).

 European Space Agency (ESA) director, Jean-Jacques Dordain and Yu Tongjie, European Space Agency (ESA) director, Jean-Jacques Dordain and Yu Tongjie, Director of the China Manned Space Agency, met May 27 to continue and promote strategic cooperation on long-term objectives and implementation steps. Credit: CMSE/Wei Yan Juan


European Space Agency (ESA) director, Jean-Jacques Dordain and Yu Tongjie, European Space Agency (ESA) director, Jean-Jacques Dordain and Yu Tongjie, Director of the China Manned Space Agency, met May 27 to continue and promote strategic cooperation on long-term objectives and implementation steps.
Credit: CMSE/Wei Yan Juan

 

 

 

 

Changing of the guard: Jean-Jacques Dordain (left) with incoming leader of ESA, Johann-Dietrich Wörner at this week's Paris Air Show. Credit: ASDS Media Bank

Changing of the guard: Jean-Jacques Dordain (left) with incoming leader of ESA, Johann-Dietrich Wörner at this week’s Paris Air Show.
Credit: ASDS Media Bank

 

 

More details about the promise and problems ahead for U.S.-China space cooperation are discussed in my new Space.com story:

US-China Cooperation in Space: Is It Possible, and What’s in Store?

by Leonard David, Space.com’s Space Insider Columnist

June 16, 2015 07:01am ET

Go to:

http://www.space.com/29671-china-nasa-space-station-cooperation.html

 

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