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China’s recent major achievements in tech and innovation

From its latest progress in exploring outer space, to breakthroughs in quantum science, China’s technological innovations have been making headlines in recent months.

China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft completed its second docking with the Tiangong-2 space lab on June 19. The operation verified this technology, paving the way for the construction of the country’s future manned space station.

Last week, another breakthrough was achieved by Chinese scientists in the field of quantum science, as the country became the world’s first to realize satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs, over a distance of more than 1,200 kilometers. China’s first X-ray space telescope was also successfully launched with plans to boost the study of black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts.

In May, China’s first homegrown large passenger jet, the C919, made its maiden flight. And Chinese scientists announced they had built the world’s first quantum computing machine, which is 24,000 times faster than its international counterparts.

China’s manned submersible, the Jiaolong, has conducted more deep-sea dives this year.

China is aiming to become an innovative nation by 2020, an international leader in innovation by 2030, and a world powerhouse of scientific and technological innovation by 2050.