India's space success 'limited achievement' still lagging behind China, reports Chinese Media

February 16 2017
India's space success 'limited achievement' still lagging behind China, reports Chinese Media

A Chinese state-run newspaper in an editorial Thursday said India's record of sending 104 satellites into space was "a limited achievement", with India's space programme still lagging behind China's successes in its manned space programme.

Indiaon Wednesday launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket, whichfollowed the Mars orbiter mission, which also garnered attention in China. The Chinese government described the Mars orbiter mission as "thepride of Asia" and said it would be keen to work more closely with India on space projects.

The state media, however, struck a different note on Thursday. "The Indians have reason to be proud," said aThursday editorial in the Party-run Global Times, a widely read tabloid. "However, the space technology race is not mainly about the number of satellites at one go," it added. "It's fair to say the significance of this achievement is limited. In this regard, Indian scientists know more than the Indian public, who are encouraged by mediareports."

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