China supports space junk reduction

Updated: 2013-03-13 09:09


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BEIJING - The Chinese government has always supported international action to reduce space junk, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing that China has taken steps on the matter and is willing to make further efforts together with other members of the international community. reported on Friday that a Russian nanosatellite likely collided on January 22 with a piece of orbital debris spawned by a 2007 Chinese anti-satellite test. Hua said she had noticed the report.

Such comments are neither professional nor responsible, she said, noting that the space junk issue is a hangover from the long history of human space activities.

The international community knows well which country has contributed the greatest amount of space junk, the spokeswoman said.