China still lags behind the United States but has thrown substantial resources into its space program. Last year, it became the first nation to land on the far side of the moon. Having been excluded from the International Space Station mainly due to US concerns about technology theft, on April 29 China launched the core module of its own space station, which it pledged to open for all United Nations members. Russia and China have also signed an agreement to set up a joint research station on the moon.
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