People walk past a billboard with a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping in a building at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Wenchang, Hainan province, on November 23, in the run-up to the successful launch of Chang’e 5. China is now a serious space contender. Photo: AP People walk past a billboard with a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping in a building at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Wenchang, Hainan province, on November 23, in the run-up to the successful launch of Chang’e 5. China is now a serious space contender. Photo: AP
People walk past a billboard with a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping in a building at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Wenchang, Hainan province, on November 23, in the run-up to the successful launch of Chang’e 5. China is now a serious space contender. Photo: AP
Philip J. Cunningham
Opinion

Opinion

Philip J. Cunningham

Late to the space race, China is making strides with Chang’e 5 moon landing

  • China may be a late contender in the space race but the success of Chang’e 5 is an important milestone that moves it ever closer to building a base on the moon

People walk past a billboard with a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping in a building at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Wenchang, Hainan province, on November 23, in the run-up to the successful launch of Chang’e 5. China is now a serious space contender. Photo: AP People walk past a billboard with a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping in a building at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Wenchang, Hainan province, on November 23, in the run-up to the successful launch of Chang’e 5. China is now a serious space contender. Photo: AP
People walk past a billboard with a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping in a building at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in Wenchang, Hainan province, on November 23, in the run-up to the successful launch of Chang’e 5. China is now a serious space contender. Photo: AP
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Philip J. Cunningham

Philip J. Cunningham

Philip J. Cunningham has been a regular visitor to China since 1983, working variously as a tour guide, TV producer, freelance writer, independent scholar and teacher. He has conducted media research in China as a Knight Fellow and Fulbright Scholar and was the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. He is the author of Tiananmen Moon, a first-hand account of the 1989 protests in Beijing.