CHINA is racing to become a major space superpower and could be the first nation to make contact with alien life by using the world’s largest radio dish which can detect signals from the deepest depths of space.
Last year Earth’s most-populous country became a space exploration powerhouse after it fired its brand new lab Tiangong 2 into low orbit – joining only the US and Russia.
China made the move following numerous dozens of suspected-extraterrestrial encounters, including claims that a UFO was seen over the Great Wall of China last week.
The superpower has now poured billions of pounds into space exploration and the world’s largest dish to detect alien signals coming from other galaxies.
The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope is about twice the size of the US’ Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Liu Cixin, a top Chinese researcher into alien life, described the dish as something “out of science fiction”.
Mr Liu has written a number of books about the risks of first contact and warns that the “appearance of this ‘other’” could end with mankind’s extinction.
“But perhaps tomorrow we’ll wake up and find an alien spaceship the size of the Moon parked in orbit.”
Last year he said: “we should be wary of answering back.
“Meeting an advanced civilisation could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus.”