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· Chinese rover leaves tracks on far side of the Moon
… China successfully landed a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon Thursday, becoming the first country to ever do so…
· Xi Jinping Orders Military to ‘Enhance Combat Readiness’ After U.S. Travel Warning
… The announcement followed threats from Xi himself that the Chinese state would not reject the use of force if necessary to invade and capture the nation of Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province. It also follows remarks from the Pentagon that its prime concern is China’s military activities and a warning for Americans from the State Department to avoid traveling to China if possible because police can arbitrarily detain them at any time…
Chinese rover leaves tracks on far side of the Moon
By Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
Jan 4, 2019
China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released a stunning new image of the tracks made by the lunar rover that landed on the far side of the lunar surface.
The Jade Rabbit 2, as the rover is called, drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing on the Moon's far side. A photo posted online by China's space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft.
"It's a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation," Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, told state broadcaster CCTV, in a twist of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous comment when he became the first human to walk on the Moon in 1969. "This giant leap is a decisive move for our exploration of space and the conquering of the universe."
China successfully landed a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon Thursday, becoming the first country to ever do so. The official China Central Television said the lunar explorer Chang'e 4 had touched down at 10:26 a.m. EST. The Chang'e 4 spacecraft was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center atop a Long March 3B rocket at about 1:23 p.m. EST on Dec. 7.
Zhu Menghua, a professor at Macau University of Science and Technology who worked with Beijing on the mission, said the mission’s success is a major milestone for the country and establishes it as a pioneer in space exploration.
The Moon's far side is also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and remains comparatively unknown, with a different composition from sites on the near side, where previous missions have landed.
The Jade Rabbit 2 rover has six wheels and a maximum speed of 220 yards per hour. It is also able to climb 20-degree hills and objects 8 inches tall.
The surface of the far side has been described as soft and likened to "walking on the snow," according to rover designer Shen Zhenrong who made the comments on CCTV.
In 2013, China became just the third country, after the U.S. and the then-Soviet Union, to successfully “soft land” on the Moon when its Chang'e 3 lander reached the lunar surface.
"The space dream is part of the dream to make China stronger," President Xi Jinping said in 2013, shortly after becoming China's leader...
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Xi Jinping Orders Military to ‘Enhance Combat Readiness’ After U.S. Travel Warning
Frances Martel, Breitbart
4 Jan 2019
Chinese state media announced Friday that Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has ordered the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to “enhance their combat readiness,” without elaborating what threat has made preparation for combat so urgent.
The announcement followed threats from Xi himself that the Chinese state would not reject the use of force if necessary to invade and capture the nation of Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province. It also follows remarks from the Pentagon that its prime concern is China’s military activities and a warning for Americans from the State Department to avoid traveling to China if possible because police can arbitrarily detain them at any time.
Xi reportedly addressed the nation’s Central Military Commission (CMC) on Friday, demanding troops be ready for imminent combat at all times. According to a press rele
“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” Xi asserted. The president, who is also the nation’s commander-in-chief, “ordered all work, forces and resources to focus on military preparedness and ensure a marked progress in this regard.”
China’s People’s Daily, the official publication of the Communist Party, reported Thursday that the PLA has begun an extensive “realistic training exercise” with live fire in Shandong, eastern China. The publication did not specify what the objective of this live-fire exercise was, nor did Chinese agencies report whether Xi mentioned any particular acts to improve combat readiness that the PLA either has already begun to take or will do so in the future.
That same day, the Chinese state-run Global Times highlighted comments by acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan, who told reporters that his top priorities were “China, China, China.” The publication warned American officials against anti-Chinese “paranoia” while also threatening to make America “pay an unbearable price if the U.S. infringes on China.”
“When Shanahan shouts ‘China, China, China,’ Beijing must respond by accelerating construction of a deterrent against the U.S. China must make good use of deterrence, learning to make others feel fearful without being furious,” the column suggested.
Xi has issued public remarks on several occasions this week – first to herald in the new year, then to issue threats to Taiwan to surrender to Chinese rule or expect military action. In that speech, Xi stated, “we make no promise to abandon the use of force, and retain the option of taking all necessary measures,” he also said, according to the Times...
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