Luxembourg Deputy PM in China to Sign Agreements on Space Resources

LUXEMBOURG (Government PR) — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Etienne Schneider will pay a working visit to the People’s Republic of China from January 15 to 16, 2018.

The Luxembourg delegation will travel to Beijing where Etienne Schneider will meet with political and economic leaders. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy will be, among others, welcomed by the Minister of Commerce, Zhong Shan, to take stock of the development of trade relations between the two countries.

Interviews with senior officials from the China Academy of Science and the Chinese Space Agency will also be on the agenda. During these interviews, cooperation agreements between Luxembourg and the People’s Republic of China will be signed in the scientific and spatial field, and more particularly in the field of exploration and use of resources in space.

  • windbourne

    This is going to get interesting.
    Is not this data coming from an American company that Luxembourg invested into?
    If so, I believe that the GOP prohibits this.
    Of course, the current WH is great friends with Russia/China and seem to hate Europe.

  • ThomasLMatula

    No, if you actually read the statements that actually come out of the WH versus the media spin on them you will find they don’t like Russia and China either. It’s called America First.

    When it comes to News the fresher the better which is why you want to go to the source. It’s why I follow Doug, because he reports first hand on Mojave news.

  • windbourne

    LOL.
    The WH loves Russia and China. In fact, Trump Declared china and russia to be his good buddies.
    And it is NOT MSM that says it. It is Trump’s actions.
    After all, he promised to go after china for dump, money manipulation, etc and has done SQUAT.
    Same with Russia.

    And I do follow doug.
    That is why I am looking forward to this particular story.

  • Tom Billings

    To clear the air about Luxembourg. They are a sovereign nation. No particular data was mentioned in the press release. They are not fools, and will stick to any NDAs they have signed with US companies. Where there are no NDAs, they will feel free to get market agreements with China as a market, if nothing else. They will likely trade information for information, which is the largest amount of what diplomacy is about. The US government has nothing to complain about there.

    The really interesting sentence is:

    “During these interviews, cooperation agreements between Luxembourg and
    the People’s Republic of China will be signed in the scientific and
    spatial field, and more particularly in the field of exploration and use
    of resources in space.”

    Thus, Luxembourg will be asking about the real PRC attitude towards the asteroid mining they have a strong interest in getting ahead with. Numerous commentors, over a wide range of websites in the last 10 years, supposedly from China, possibly being government flacks, possibly being people trying to show the Security Bureau how nationalistic they are, and possibly being sincere, have declared that China should and would go to war to stop asteroid mining before China can join the fun. Since Luxembourg wants to repeat their success with Comsats in asteroid mining, they will naturally be intensely interested in the *actual* Chinese government attitude.

    This may be good news, in that learning actual attitudes, rather than internet blather, will form a sounder basis for Luxembourg’s policy, as well as our own. The Chinese, unfortunately, with their hierarchy obsession, may see this as a spy mission, and be cagey. They have liked bilateral agreements with smaller countries, because they have the most leverage in them. Luxembourg, however, is a NATO member, and can afford to be resilient against Chinese attempts to use wedge strategies restricting their own attitudes to conform with China’s.

    We must wait upon events.

    As to:

    “If so, I believe that the GOP prohibits this.”

    No, the US Congress’s duly passed laws prohibits any number of transfers about technology. They do not include non-specific information transfer about legal aspects of spaceflight strategies. Did you have the idea that the Luxembourgers would be transferring designs for the Arkyd-6, or for any of the DSI probes coming up?

    “Of course, the current WH is great friends with Russia/China and seem to hate Europe.”

    The WH wants to not irritate trade partners like China, and to keep Russia from irritating us. European academicians, in and out of government, truly hate Trump because he is a symbol of academicians’, and their attitudes, *not* being in charge of society, which attitudes they believe to be vital to their position in society. Trump is not the only one who scoffs at “citizens of the world”, and they fear he will be a driving exemplum for their own non-progressives. The Chinese are not the only ones obsessed with hierarchy, unfortunately.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Evidence?