June 5, 2022, 10:44 a.m. (Beijing time). On board the Shenzhou-14 shuttle which takes off from the Jiuquan space center, three taikonauts embark on a six-month journey in space, whose task will be to assemble the brand new Chinese space station, nicknamed “Heavenly Palace”.

One more proof of the intense acceleration of China in the space field, which clearly sees all the strategic potential to come, both in technological and military terms. The People’s Republic aims to be the first space power by 2045, and has sealed bilateral agreements with Russia to achieve its ends.

Overview of this immense ambition in this new video from L’Express, with the participation of Marc Julienne, head of the China program at IFRI (French Institute for International Relations).