President Xi Jinping in a live broadcast on Wednesday congratulating the first astronauts to enter China’s space station. Photo: CCTV President Xi Jinping in a live broadcast on Wednesday congratulating the first astronauts to enter China’s space station. Photo: CCTV
President Xi Jinping in a live broadcast on Wednesday congratulating the first astronauts to enter China’s space station. Photo: CCTV

Xi Jinping hails China space station astronauts in long-distance call

  • Congratulations for three-man crew raises mission’s profile ahead of Communist Party centenary
  • In contrast to 2016 mission to the station predecessor, Tiangong-2 space lab, the crew must manage a much larger facility, including its robotic arm

Topic |   China's space programme
President Xi Jinping in a live broadcast on Wednesday congratulating the first astronauts to enter China’s space station. Photo: CCTV President Xi Jinping in a live broadcast on Wednesday congratulating the first astronauts to enter China’s space station. Photo: CCTV
President Xi Jinping in a live broadcast on Wednesday congratulating the first astronauts to enter China’s space station. Photo: CCTV
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