66th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

United Nations Vienna Austria-Chinese Permanent Mission,organized by the event margins of the 66th session of Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space with the theme of “Strengthening outer space cooperation, moving towards shared future”, the event was held at the Mozart Room of VIC, at 13:00 on Friday 2nd June 2023. Over 200 people from national and international organizations in China and Austria, Diplomatic missions in UNO, and the public and private sectors attended the event in person.

Ms. Xiao Lili was the moderator of this program۔ Who performed the duties of a moderator very well and invited the special guests. The honored guests who were given their remarks H.E. LI Song, Chinese Permanent Representative to UN and other International Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Omran Sharaf, Chairman of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, H.E.Mr. Grant Gwo, director of the Wandering Earth, Mr Wang Hongwei writer of movie The Wandering Earth II and Mr Gong Geer. On this occasion, some parts of the film were shown to the guests which were liked by the people.

The speakers said on this occasion that Outer space is closely related to the security and welfare of humankind, and has striking features of a community with a shared future for humankind. The space utilization and exploration as well as space technology advancement and its extensive application have brought not only benefits to the development and prosperity of human society but also rising challenges and risks. In particular, the rising risks of the weaponization of and an arms race in outer space have become the greatest threat to outer space security. Preventing an arms race in outer space is the precondition for safeguarding outer space security and ensuring peaceful uses of outer space, as well as one of the most prominent and pressing issues for the international community. Since the existing international legal instruments are insufficient to deal with the new challenges, the conclusion of an arms control treaty on outer space becomes even more important and urgent, and should be viewed as the priority and fundamental goal in a related international agenda.

The discussions on responsible behaviors in outer space could only serve the fundamental goal of preventing an arms race in outer space. No attempts should be made to dwell on less important issues, mixing up different agendas, or even use such discussions as a tool for certain countries to shirk its own responsibility and pin the blame on others. All relevant discussions on responsible behaviors in outer space should adhere to multilateralism and avoid being politicized, discriminatory and exclusive.

Outer space security concerns the common security of all humankind. Maintaining outer space security should be the responsibility of all countries and those with the most advanced space capabilities bear a special responsibility in preventing an arms race in outer space and ensuring peaceful uses of outer space. China believes that outer space should be a new frontier for win-win cooperation rather than a new battlefield of great powers competition. In this vein, to safeguard and ensure outer space security, all countries should make efforts.

H.E.Mr. Grant Gwo, director of the Wandering Earth and Mr Wang Hongwei writer of the movie The Wandering Earth II said about the movie stories and what did they try to show in this movie? They said;

In the near future, the Sun is rapidly expanding and will engulf the Earth within 100 years. To ensure the survival of humankind, nations. join hands to form an unprecedented, ambitious global project to build powerful engines on the Earth’s surface and propel the planet away from impending doom. Meanwhile, protests have broken out to demand the restart of the controversial Digital Life Project, which digitalizes human beings after they have passed away. Tensions soon escalate and the protestors plan to sabotage the Wandering Earth Project by attacking the Ark Space Station.

He also said Boasting incredible and epic visuals, this stunning blockbuster is a fresh prequel to one of the highest-grossing films of all time, a $700m box office success, and a Netflix global smash hit. Based on the popular novella by science fiction author Liu Cixin. The Wandering Earth II is a true sci-fi blockbuster directed by Frant Gwo (The Wandering Earth), starring Wu Jing (The Battle at Lake Changjin, Wolf Warrior) and Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs). The film has been released in 37 countries and regions, including China, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong (China), Macau (China), Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Indonesia, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, Zambia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Latvia, South Korea. Global Box Office: About 600 Million Dollars. It will also be shown in German language in Austria cinema very soon. In the end refreshments were arranged for all the people.