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Top Chinese Authorities Commend Successful Experiment of First Spaceflight

Press Release From: Xinhua News Agency
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 1999

BEIJING, November 21 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission today sent a congratulatory telegram to the departments and personnel participating in the successful test flight of the country's first spacecraft.

The telegram says it is a great pleasure to hear that a success has been made in the nation's first experimental flight of manned spaceflight program.

"The CPC Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission are hereby extending warm congratulations and solicitude to all the scientific and technological personnel, cadres, workers and officers and men participating in the related research, construction and experiments," according to the telegram.

The successful test flight is attributable to "your efforts in earnestly implementing the CPC Central Committee policy of rejuvenating the nation through technology and education as well as a series of important instructions made by Comrade Jiang Zemin, " it says. It is also "the result of your ardent efforts in bringing the spirit demonstrated by Chinese scientists in developing the country's first of nuclear bomb, missile and manmade satellite, in seeking truth through scientific means, and your aspiration for creativity and improvements."

According to the telegram, the success marks a new step for China's space industry and is of great significance to boosting the country's high-technology development and arousing the enthusiasm of all ethnic groups.

It calls on all those concerned to continue to work hard, earnestly summarize experiences and do a good job in all the work concerning the spaceflight program under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Jiang Zemin at the core, while holding high the great banner of Deng Xiaoping Theory, so as to advance the development of China's space industry and make new and greater contributions to the strengthening of the overall national strength, national defense power and cohesion of the Chinese nation.

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