Japanese Official Calls for Space Cooperation With China
Text of report in English by Japan’s largest news agency Kyodo
Tokyo, Sept. 25 Kyodo – Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said Thursday that Japan and China should consider cooperating on space development as he expressed hope for success in China’s upcoming manned space mission, which will include an astronaut carrying out the country’s first spacewalk.
“In our mutually beneficial strategic relationship with China…I think the time has come for us to consider cooperating in the area of space,” said Kawamura, who contributed to enacting Japan’s first law setting out the nation’s basic policy on the use of space.
The law was enacted in May, scrapping a decades-old principle that enshrined the “nonmilitary” use of space and paving the way for the development of defence equipment such as full-scale spy satellites.
Kawamura said that he would like to have the space development strategy headquarters set up in the Cabinet in line with the basic space law to consider cooperation between Japan and China.
Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 1029 25 Sep 08.
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