China’s 1st commercial rocket launch site under construction

File photo taken on Nov 17, 2020 shows the Long March-5 Y5 rocket at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan province. (GUO CHENG/ XINHUA)

HAIKOU – Construction of China's first commercial spacecraft launch site started Wednesday in Wenchang city, south China's island province of Hainan.

As a major project of the Hainan free trade port construction, the Hainan commercial spacecraft launch site is committed to becoming world-class, market-oriented, and further improving the launching capability of China's commercial carrier rockets.

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Hainan will make full use of the synergistic advantage of the launch site and policies of the free trade port, striving to build Wenchang into a top-ranking international space city, said Feng Fei, governor of Hainan.