Bridging the Skies: Pakistan-China's Friendship Shines at Space Exhibit
By Han Lu, Liu Qiyu
BEIJING, Mar 22, (China Economic Net)- The 'Dreaming of the Universe and Asking the Sky: 30 Years of China's Manned Spaceflight Achievement Exhibition' was recently held in the West Hall of the National Museum of China. The exhibition features an impressive collection of items that highlight China's success in space exploration.
Of particular interest is the commemorative flag on display, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. This flag was carried into space by the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft on June 17, 2021, and spent three months orbiting the earth before returning to the earth. It serves as a reminder of China's diplomatic ties with Pakistan.
"For Pakistani visitors, seeing the flag being presented here was really meaningful, representing not only the special relationship between Pakistan and China but also reminding people of the long-term cooperation between the two nations in the aerospace industry. It is a fitting tribute to the significant contributions that China has made to Pakistan's space program over the years." A Pakistani vlogger, Mahzaib Abbasi, who was shooting a vlog at the exhibition, told China Economic Net.
Since the 1990s, China and Pakistan have had a strong relationship in terms of space collaboration. The collaboration began with Chinese assistance in the launch of Pakistan's first satellite, Badr-1. In 2019, Pakistan and China signed several space exploration agreements at the second BRI Forum, including one paving the way for Pakistan's first astronaut to go to space. These agreements also established a framework for joint ventures in space and the development of Sino-Pakistani space committees.
In June of last year, Pakistan sent seven sets of medicinal plant species seeds aboard China's Shenzhou 14 spacecraft to the Tiangong space station. The objective of the experiment was to expose the seeds to cosmic radiation and microgravity in the hopes of inducing beneficial mutations in their genes.
"Many of my viewers in Pakistan are interested in China’s scientific developments, especially since the ceremony celebrating the return of plant seeds from Tiangong last month." Mahzaib said, "I have the opportunity to bring my followers to witness the development of China's aerospace industry and get up close to various advanced equipment. It is an honor for me. I also hope that my young followers can be inspired and study hard to contribute to Pakistan's aerospace industry."