New York, 15 October 2003 – Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on China’s first mission to space

The Secretary-General extends his warm congratulations to the People’s Republic of China on its first mission into space, and hopes for the safe and successful completion of this maiden voyage. He notes that as the exploration of space knows no national borders, the mission of the Shenzhou V is a step forward for all humankind.