In a speech at a science forum held in the city of Guangzhou on August 23, a veteran Chinese astronomer with almost 40 years experience claimed that some UFOs are extraterrestrial spacecraft. Professor Wang Sichao is a planetary astronomer at the Purple Hills Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Based on scientific observations of UFOs over his 39 year career, he has concluded that some are powered by antigravity devices. Also, in contrast to Professor Stephen Hawking, who recently declared intelligent extraterrestrial life was likely to be predatory in nature, Wang dismissed such thinking as premature. He claimed some extraterrestrials are visiting Earth in a Research and Development capacity, and are therefore friendly enough to begin cooperation and mutual exchanges. A summary of Wang’s speech was reported by a number of China newspapers including the influential People’s Daily Online. This ensures wide coverage in China, and raises the following question. Are Chinese authorities tacitly encouraging an ‘exopolitics debate’ over the motivations of advanced alien life in order to prepare the Chinese and world public for the inevitable official disclosure of the existence of extraterrestrials?
Based on his observations at Purple Hills Observatory and analysis of UFO sightings, Wang was able to conclude that some UFOs are not natural phenomenon, and use antigravity technology. This is how the People’s Daily Online summarized Wang’s reasoning: “Wang also found that in the terrestrial space between the height of 130 kilometers and 1,500 kilometers, UFOs have appeared many times. Their flying speed is … as slow as 0.29 kilometers per second [1000 km/hr] and they can fly in the 1,460 kilometers' height for more than 25 minutes. This means UFOs have the anti-gravity ability. Otherwise, they would fall soon.”
According to a report in another Chinese online newspaper, Sina.com.cn, Wang stated that the extraterrestrials appear to be engaged in a scientific Research and Development mission. This contributed to Wang concluding that Hawking’s views regarding hostile intelligent extraterrestrial life was premature. Wang said: "If they are friendly to us, we can promote the human beings' civilization through exchange and cooperation with them. If they are not, as long as we prepared for their invasion, we can beat them back based on their weaknesses. After all, they are life entities, they would show their slips."
Wang’s speech has yet to be translated into English and released for distribution, but the prominent coverage given to it in China is certain to generate much interest in the rest of the world. The People’s Daily Online is an official organ of the Chinese communist party that still exercizes tight control over all media sources. This suggests that Wang has tacit official approval to disseminate his views to the media, and for the Chinese media to report on his conclusions, thereby generating an exopolitics debate between scientists over the motivations of extraterrestrial life.
Recently, China officially became the world’s second largest economy when it surpassed the Gross Domestic Product of Japan. It appears as though China is not content to simply exercize its economic influence, but also its scientific influence by encouraging Chinese scientists to openly discuss UFOs and extraterrestrial life. A global exopolitics debate among influential scientists on the motivations of extraterrestrial life, whether aliens are actually visiting the Earth in UFOs or not, is most definitely underway.