The nation’s astronauts said on Wednesday that they are excited by the prospect of being joined by Hong Kong counterparts and conducting scientific experiments together.
Speaking on a variety show at the Hong Kong Coliseum on the second day of their visit here, Lin Xiqiang, the Deputy Director General of the China Manned Space Agency, said he looks forward to more cooperation with the SAR.
"We hope astronauts from Hong Kong will be able to work and live on the nation’s space station as soon as possible. After they join, they can carry out scientific experimental projects with Hong Kong characteristics… popularise aerospace knowledge, and contribute to the development of the aerospace industry of Hong Kong and the nation," he said.
Chen Dong from Shenzhou-14, who visited Hong Kong in 2017, said he is amazed by the rapid development of the SAR over the past six years. He added that he would ask Hong Kong astronauts for Cantonese advice.
Chief Executive John Lee, liaison office chief Zheng Yanxiong, and astronauts Liu Boming, Wang Yaping and Zhang Lu also attended the variety show.
The 17-member delegation, including four astronauts, also spoke to more than 1,000 teachers and students from over 40 schools across Hong Kong.
On its official Wechat account, the China Manned Space Agency said it felt Hong Kong students’ passion for the nation’s space development.