China and Russia signed a long-term agreement on Tuesday to construct a joint moon base.
During a virtual meeting, leading Chinese and Russian space authorities agreed to build the lunar research station, which the two countries claim will be open to other nations, according to SpaceNews. Leaders from both countries said the base will strengthen scientific and diplomatic ties between Beijing and Moscow.
“China and Russia will use their accumulated experience in space science, research and development, and use of space equipment and space technology to jointly develop a road map for the construction of an international lunar scientific research station,” the China National Space Administration said in a statement.
The agreement marks only the latest step in a growing partnership between the two countries, which hope to challenge American leadership in space. China and Russia have cooperated to build advanced weaponry that can target satellites, and have developed technology for a new generation in human spaceflight. (Read more from “China and Russia Agree to Build Joint Moon Base” HERE)