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China will share its lunar samples 'as national gifts' to other countries (except US)

The probe landed in Inner Mongolia early on Thursday, bringing back the first lunar rocks and soil retrieved by any country since the 1970s.
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“We will share with the relevant countries and scientists overseas, and some of them may be given as national gifts in accordance with international practices.”

When asked if China would share any samples with the United States, which limits its NASA space agency from directly cooperating with China, Wu said existing U.S. restrictions were “unfortunate.”

“The Chinese government is willing to share lunar samples with like-minded institutions and scientists from various countries,” Wu said.

“To be able to cooperate or not depends on U.S. policy,” Wu said.

China was willing to cooperate with U.S. agencies and scientists on the basis of equal benefit and win-win cooperation, he said.

China has not disclosed the amount of samples that it had retrieved. The plan was to collect 2 kg (4.41 lb) of rocks and soil.

“We will announce this soon,” Hu Hao, chief designer of the third phase of China’s lunar exploration program, told Reuters on the sidelines of the briefing.

“We have not taken them out (of the probe) yet.”

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