China and Russia agree to build joint lunar space station

Dmitry Rogozin, Director-General of Russian space agency Roscosmos, during the joint signing of a memorandum of understanding with the China National Space Administration on March 9, 2021.

(CNN)China and Russia have agreed to jointly construct a lunar space station that will be "open to all countries," the China National Space Administration said in a statement on Tuesday.

The leaders of the two countries' respective space agencies signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of their national governments.
"China and Russia will use their accumulated experience in space science, research and development as well as the use of space equipment and space technology to jointly develop a road map for the construction of an international lunar scientific research station (ILRS)," China's space agency said.
    A statement from Russian space agency Roscosmos said the two organizations planned to "promote cooperation on the creation of an open-access ILRS for all interested countries and international partners, with the goal of strengthening research cooperation and promoting the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind."
      Members of the China National Space Administration during the joint signing with Russian space agency Roscosmos on March 9, 2021.