From the 'X File' Dept: China's UFO Obsession -Ex-China Foreign Ministry Official: "Extraterrestrials live among us"
In sharp contrast to the industrialized West, the Buddhist milieu of China has encouraged their scientific community, with the support of government, to seek to explore UFO incidences and evidence of human contact with extraterrestrials.
Russia's Izvestia reports that China has a record number of UFO scientific and community-based organizations, where some attempt to establish some sort of a contact with extraterrestrials. Their actions are protected by the government-funded National Society of the Extraterrestrial Studies, which was founded 25 years ago. Only professional scientists and engineers are allowed members in the Society. A person also required to have Ph.D. in science and have several published works about UFOs. About a third of all members of the society are also members of the Government of China.
Sun claims his first close encounter occurred in 1971, when he was sent to the remote countryside during the "cultural revolution" (1966-76) to perform the grueling task of rice planting. One day while toiling in the field, his attention was diverted to a bright object in the sky, which rose and fell repeatedly.
At first, Sun assumed the object was some sort of Cold War intelligence monitoring device – a reasonable deduction considering the times – however years later, after reading foreign materials on UFO sightings, he knew he had experienced a close encounter.
According to Shen Shituan, an rocket scientist, president of Beijing Aerospace University and honourary director of the government-supported China UFO Research Association, every report of an alien encounter is worth investigating.
''Some of these sightings are real, some are fake and with others its unclear,'' said Shituan. ''All these phenomena are worth researching.''
Research into UFO's could help spur new forms of high-speed travel, unlimited sources of non-polluting and non-fossil fuel based energy and faster-growing crops, claims Sun Shili.
China's ET obsession appears to have conceptual support from some of the more radical theories reported in the Western media.
If every habitable world in the universe is unique, and the precise chemical conditions of a planet helps shape the life that evolves there, then avatars, reports Astrobiology, could allow aliens to visit other worlds from the safety of their spaceship: "Could it be that all the stories of alien encounters on Earth were really encounters with alien avatars? Maybe aliens don't actually look like grey humanoids with large eyes and no noses. Instead, that haunting image may simply be what we look like to them."
The Daily Galaxy via examiner.com