Astronauts from foreign countries will be able to participate in joint flights on board China's space station, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced on Thursday.
China welcomes foreign astronauts to its space station to carry out international cooperation, Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the CMSA, told a press conference ahead of the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft launch, which is scheduled for 12:23 a.m. (Beijing Time) on Oct. 16 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
The Shenzhou-13 spacecraft will take three astronauts -- Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu -- into space for the construction of China's space station.
"The construction of China's space station will provide a better platform for wider international cooperation, including joint astronaut flights," Lin said.
He said the cooperation on astronaut selection and training has already taken place between China and foreign countries.
Chinese astronauts once went to Russia for training. Ye Guangfu completed an underground training course organized by the European Space Agency in 2016, Lin said.
European astronauts also participated in a sea-survival training program in China in 2017, he added.