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BEIJING: The Pakistani flag which was carried to the Chinese space station aboard the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft was handed over to the Pakistani Embassy during a special “hatch opening ceremony” held here at the Chinese Academy of Space Technologies (CAST).

The national flags of Pakistan and China were sent by the Chinese Space Agency (CMSA) into space to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The event was attended by Moin-ul-Haque, Pakistani Ambassador to China, Zhao Xiaojin, Secretary of the Chinese Academy of Space Technologies, Hao Chun, General Manager of the Chinese Space Agency, Yang Liwei, Chief Designer deputy of the China Manned Space Program, and other leading scientists and experts.

The flags were sent aboard the Long March-2F carrier rocket on June 17, 2021 and returned via Shenzhou-12, China’s manned spacecraft, after being in space for three months.

The Shnezhou-12 space mission carried three Chinese astronauts into space to build Tiangong, the Chinese space station scheduled to be completed next year.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Haque congratulated CMSA, CAST and other Chinese research institutions for the success of the manned space mission.

He said the space travel of the national flags of the two countries was a special demonstration of the unique friendship between Pakistan and China and a fitting way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Posted in Dawn, le 29 September 2021