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Russia, China Move Forward on Space Cooperation

BEIJING (Interfax-China) - Russia-Chinese space cooperation isrising to a fundamentally new level, Federal Space Agency chiefAnatoly Perminov told Russian reporters in Beijing onWednesday.

"A transitionis visible in Russian-Chinese space relations to a qualitatively new standardof planning and implementing joint projects," Perminovsaid after attending a session of the bilateral subcommittee on spacecooperation on Monday.

Twenty-ninenew projects were added to the cooperation program for 2004-06, Perminov said. Chinais showing interest in the international space observatory and Phobos-Soil, he said. Chances for interaction in theChinese program of Moon studies are also being considered, he said.

Perminovtold reporters the Russian delegation was shown the cosmonaut training centerand the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft, on which Chinaplans to make its second manned flight.

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