Russia, China to Deepen Cooperation on Space

Vladimir Putin reviews a map showing the plan for the Vostochny spaceport. (Credit: Presidential Press and Information Office)
Vladimir Putin reviews a map showing the plan for the Vostochny spaceport. (Credit: Presidential Press and Information Office)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On June 25, 2016 in Beijing (China) in the framework of the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the PRC on the technology protection measures in connection with cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and in the establishment and operation of launch vehicles and ground infrastructure.

From the Russian side the agreement was signed the Director-General of the State Corporation “Roskosmos” Igor Komarov, from China – the head of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) Xu Dazhu.

The agreement is intended to provide the legal basis for cooperation between Russia and China in the field of rocket engines and launch vehicles.

Russia and China cooperate in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes since 1992. Currently, the two countries plan to provide conditions for the development of new forms of cooperation in the field of outer space activities among organizations of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

Cooperation under this Agreement shall be without prejudice to the fulfillment of obligations under other international treaties to which the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

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  • duheagle

    Interesting that the first agreement signed is about “technology protection.” Looks as though the Russkies don’t trust the Chinese on that score any further than we do.

  • Steve Ksiazek

    Well, they are talking about selling RD-180 engines to the Chinese.

  • windbourne

    It will not matter. China simply ignores treaties. For example, China is required to have pollution control on their coal plants. But Japan forgot to require that c China must run them. So all of the coal plants built for last 12-15 years have emissions controls, but none run them ( adds about 5-10% cost to electricity ).
    Likewise, in treaty with Germany over trans rapid,, they were not allowed into certain equipment closets on ground and on trains. Once it was built, China brought in guards and forced German security aside while they broke in and allowed their scientist to inspect them.
    This goes on and on, so russia is only slitting their throat.
    Interestingly, both trump and Clinton will likely keep Russia cooperation in space. Far better for them to not be able to claim that the west is putting a military base on the moon, and that means having them there.

  • windbourne

    Not many of them.

  • Lee

    The Russians really, *really* need to hire someone fluent in English to translate their press releases…