China is one of three nations, along with the United States and Russia, capable of launching humans to space, though it has not done so since 2013. China is developing its own space station, with plans to launch the first of four domestically developed modules in 2018. Chinese officials have stated that the station could accommodate two additional modules if international partners were interested in participating. The station would begin full operations around 2022, which would overlap with the operational period of the ISS.
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