On Tuesday, the lead article in the official Communist Party newspaper Global Times bannered a headline that read: “Our Intelligentsia Adores the U.S., Yet Hates Japan and Russia. But the Americans Are the Most Dangerous Enemy!” The author, He Qing, a professor at China’s elite Zhejiang University, charged that despite the many movies on the Sino-Japanese war that demonize the Japanese, few films show how China fought the Americans in the Korean War. Mr. He said the Americans are the real and most dangerous enemy hindering China’s rise.
Mars probe lost
Along with the Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt, which crashed in the Pacific on Sunday, China’s first Mars exploration spacecraft called Yinghuo-1 also was lost.
The twin probes were launched Nov. 8 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Shortly after the launch, the booster carrying the Russian probe failed to break free of Earth’s gravitational pull, leaving both spacecraft stranded in orbit for months. That ended with Sunday’s destructive re-entry.
Before the launch, the Russians insured the Phobos-Grunt for $40 million. There has been no word from either Moscow or Beijing about whether Yinghuo-1 was insured or not.
On Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse, Russia’s government blamed U.S. radar interference as the cause of the demise of the Russian and Chinese joint venture.
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