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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticized U.S. plans for space-based weapons（空基武器）, saying they were the reason behind a recent Chinese anti-satellite weapon test（反卫星武器试验）.
Asked about the Chinese test at a news conference(记者招待会) in New Delhi after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan（曼莫汉） Singh, Putin avoided directly criticizing the Chinese, saying only that Russian was against putting any weapons in space.
Taiwan’s “premier” （行政院院长）Su Tseng-chang（苏贞昌）, the top figure in the pro-independence（倾向独立） administration of Chen Shui-bian, announced yesterday he would seek his party’s nomination for the 2008 “presidential” election.
A leading space scientist yesterday said China is quite capable of sending a manned mission to the moon in 15 years.
Huang Chunping（黄春平）, former commander-in-chief of the launch vehicle system（运载火箭系统） of the country’s manned space mission（载人航天飞行）, said that if the manned lunar project（载人登月计划） is kicked off without delay, the goal of landing a Chinese astronaut on the moon can “surely” be achieved in 15 years. The United Nations has listed a Xinjiang separatist（独立主义） group as terrorists, a move hailed（称赞） by Beijing, which said the Islamic organization had killed 166 people. The East Turkistan Islamic Movement（东突厥斯坦伊斯兰运动） was put on the list with Beijing’s and Washington’s support. It was behind bombings in 1995 and 1999 and had links to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda group（基地组织）, Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said yesterday.
Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan and US Secretary of State Colin Powell（科林鲍威尔） held talks on Thursday and exchanged views on Sino-US relations and other international and regional issues of common concern.
Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan