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Chinese government defends how they handled the rocket that crashed back to Earth

China's Long March 5 rocket at launch site in Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Center. (篁竹水声/Wikimedia Commons)

After being criticized for its handling of the rocket booster that fell back to Earth over the Indian Ocean, the Chinese government defended itself, claiming that they were held to different standards than the United States and other international space programs.

The NASA administrator previously accused China of irresponsible behavior that accused Beijing of “failing to meet responsible standards” for allowing the 100 foot-long rocket booster to crash back to Earth on Sunday.

“American media used romantic rhetoric like ‘shooting stars lighting up the night sky,’” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. “But when it comes to the Chinese side, it’s a completely different approach.”

The Chinese government also cited a recent debris crash from a SpaceX rocket that fell back to Earth and landed in the Pacific Northwest of the United States in March.

“We are willing to work with other countries including the United States to strengthen cooperation in the use of outer space, but we also oppose double standards on this issue,” Chunying said.


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