BEIJING: Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan asserted that Pakistan aspires that one of its astronauts flies to space in a Chinese spacecraft.
“This is possible because Pakistan and China enjoy amiable relations embedded in trust and confidence,” Masood Khan said in an interview ahead of the launch of Pakistan’s communication satellite, Paksat-1R.
The satellite is due to be launched from Xichang in China in the second week of August. Paksat-1R will replace Paksat-1 which is likely to complete its useful life this year.
“Launching of a communication satellite is going to be a symbolic development in Pakistan-China relations, as this will broaden the horizons of our cooperation,” Khan said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2011.