"The Chinese side expresses interest in collaborating to create manned Lunar exploration infrastructure," Denis Kravchenko, deputy general director of the United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC), said.
Plans to set up an aerospace alliance to conduct joint manned space missions, including to the Moon, emerged late last month. In April, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced plans to create a permanent manned Lunar station in collaboration with China.
"China is willing to develop cooperation in engine building [and] urges to consider the idea of setting up joint production. We are more interested in commercialization. We intend to sell engines," Kravchenko told Sputnik.
US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said last Tuesday space must now be considered "contested operational domain" in the "unlikely event we should have a clash of arms." To centralize US space awareness, intelligence and warning capabilities, Work announced the launch of an interagency Space Operation Center in the next six months.
The Eurasian political, economic and military Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Russia and China as its founding members, came out with a joint declaration last year opposing an arms race in space.