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Statement by the Chinese Delegate Yang Yuya under Item 50 on International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at the Fourth Committee of the 65th Session of the General Assembly


Mr. Chairman,

Please allow me to express, on behalf of the Chinese Delegation, my thanks and appreciation to the Bureau of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs of the UN Secretariat for their outstanding leadership and hard work that led to the positive outcome of the 53rd Session of COPUOS.

Mr. Chairman,

China successfully launched the satellite “Chang’e II” on 1 October, which reflects the significant progress China has made in areas such as space exploration and satellite technologies in last year. Besides, China has taken a big step forward in the global networking project of the Beidou satellite navigation system, steadily advanced its space infrastructure building, achieved substantive progress in the construction and integration of the ground systems for remote sensing satellites. Space technology has been extensively used in economic activities and social life, which plays a irreplaceable positive role in the social and economic development.

The Chinese Government upheld the concept of a harmonious outer space with a commitment to explore outer space in the interest of peace, development, cooperation and rule of law. We maintain that all space activities should be undertaken for the well being of mankind as a whole, and we are ready to strengthen international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space to bring the benefit of space technology to all countries, especially developing countries.

During the 53rd session of COPUOS, the host-country agreement on UN-SPIDER Beijing Office was signed, and the Office will soon become operational. This marks the start of a new stage in the cooperation between the Chinese Government and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. The Chinese Government will continue to support the Beijing Office in its work to promote international cooperation and capacity building in the area of space technology for disaster reduction, from which more developing countries could get benefit. In addition, from June 4 to 21, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) co-sponsored a training program, providing the APSCO member states, especially the developing ones, with training on Global Navigation Satellites System (GNSS) and its applications.

Mr. Chairman,

2011 marks the Golden Jubilee of COPUOS. China acknowledges the work of COPUOS over the last 50 years and appreciates the leading role it has played in promoting peaceful uses of outer space, in concluding the five treaties on outer space, and in deepening international cooperation for space activities. We shall continue to support COPUOS in its work to facilitate the concerted efforts of the international community for peaceful uses of outer space. 2011 also marks the 50th anniversary of manned space flights. The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs will hold a theme exhibition in commemoration of these two Golden Jubilees. China attaches great importance to this event as a fitting platform for states to showcase their space achievements and share their space technologies. We are making active preparations for the commemorative exhibition.

Mr. Chairman,

Space exploration and its peaceful uses are a great endeavor of mankind. China is ready to conduct pragmatic cooperation in space related areas with all countries, especially the developing countries, to explore and build a harmonious outer space in a more open and responsible manner.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman!

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