Asked about private capital in the space industry, Wu said commercial space projects are open to private investment, including foreign capital. The White Paper said the space programme was an important part of the country's overall development strategy. It will send the Chang'e-4 space probe which will make the first soft landing in the dark side of the Moon, while it is foreseeing launching the first Chinese Mars probe in 2020 and a world BeiDou network through 35 satellites that will provide navigation services around the planet.
"Through the lunar exploration project, topographic and geological surveys will be implemented and laboratory research conducted on lunar samples; geological survey and research as well as low-frequency radio astronomy observation and research will be carried out targeting the landing area on the far side of the moon", the white paper read.
President Xi Jinping has called for China to establish itself as a space power, and it has tested anti-satellite missiles, in addition to its civilian programme.
Though they lack the experience of the Russian, European or USA space programs, the AP noted that China has "made steady progress in a comparatively short time", having conducted the first crewed space mission in the nation's history just 13 years ago, then performing a spacewalk and soft landing a rover on the lunar surface in 2013 - the first such landing in decades.
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"To explore the vast cosmos, develop the space industry and build China into a space power is a dream we pursue unremittingly".
The white paper also addresses how space technologies can help China realize its 21st-century Silk Road initiative that encompasses both land and maritime routes.
The programme must also "meet the demands of economic, scientific and technological development, national security and social progress", the White Paper added, without elaborating on the security part.
China has announced its space ambitions for the coming years and it has some big plans. China also landed its Yutu rover on the moon in 2013.
It sent its first astronaut to space in 2003, and in 2011, it launched Tiangong-1 - the first operational component of the Tiangong program, which seeks to put a permanently manned space station into service by 2022.