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Mainland, Taiwan look to possibilities in aerospace

By An Baijie (China Daily)

08:46, February 28, 2013

Lien Chan, Kuomintang honorary chairman, inspects spacesuits while visiting the Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Wednesday. (ZHANG HAO / CHINA NEWS SERVICE)

Anything is possible.

Fan Liqing, spokeswoman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, used the well-known catchphrase on Wednesday to describe how cross-Straits cooperation can fare in aerospace.

The mainland is eager to cooperate with Taipei on space research and development, she said at a news conference.

Her remarks came as Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Lien Chan led a delegation visiting the Beijing Aerospace Control Center on Wednesday.

During the visit, the delegation met the three astronauts who went to space in June on the Shenzhou IX spacecraft.

Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, was a focus among the visitors, and most of them took photos with her, China Central Television reported.

Sharing a light moment, Lien's wife, Lien Fang-yu, asked the female astronaut to take her into space during the next space mission, the report said.

It's the first time that Lien Chan has been to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

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