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China space launch: What they said


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The following are quotes as reported by the official Xinhua news agency concerning China's successful manned space launch:

"The successful launch of Shenzhou V is the glory of our great motherland."

-- Chinese President Hu Jintao

"As our country's valiant pioneer in space exploration, you shoulder the great expectations of the motherland and the people to realize a dream we have cherished for thousands of years. We look forward to your triumphant return."

-- Hu Jintao to astronaut Yang Liwei prior to the launch

"I will live up to the expectations of the motherland and the people, and will try my best to make every part of the mission successful."

-- Yang Liwei, 38, the first Chinese astronaut in space

"I feel good."

-- Yang after 34 minutes in space.

"The long-cherished space dream of the Chinese nation has finally come true."

-- Hu Shixiang, deputy director-general of China's manned space flight program

"While sharing the joy and excitement of all Chinese across the world, the Hong Kong people today can have a better understanding of the saying that 'Hong Kong benefits from every progress the motherland has made'."

-- Editorial in Hong Kong pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po


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