On December 23, Ye Peijian, chief designer of the Chang’e spacecraft project and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS,) responded to the online rumor that China would cancel its manned lunar landing project. “To conquer the universe, human beings have to land on the moon first. Americans have done that, so we Chinese must get to the moon and we are capable of doing so. However, China currently has no plans for manned lunar landings,” he said.
(Published on Dec. 24, 2013; By Headline News on Sina Weibo)