China started looking for partners in space and did not mention Russia
China began to look for allies for the upcoming flights to the moon and deep into the solar system, without mentioning its main partner – Russia. This is reported by the publication SpaceNews.
The publication notes that representatives of Beijing, speaking at the International Astronautical Congress held in Paris, said they were open for cooperation in the planned lunar missions Chang’e-7 and Chang’e-8.
The paper reminds that China is already cooperating with Western nations in lunar exploration. In particular, the Chang’e-6 spacecraft has Swedish, French and Italian components.
“However, the elephant in the room was not mentioned,” SpaceNews writes.
Roscosmos said in September that Chinese Beidou stations would be placed in Russia, while Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) stations would appear in China.