Chinese taikonauts (astronauts) intend to establish a space branch of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The Chinese astronauts will carry out the same activities in space as they do on Earth, such as learning the party’s policies and debating the party’s decisions. According to the CPC constitution, a grass-root CPC organization should be established where there are three or more CPC members. China’s space branch of the CPC would be the “highest” of its kind, according to China’s original astronaut, Yang Liwei.
(Xinhua News Agency, Oct. 19, 2007)