Chinese scientists also say that aliens live among humans. This includes Sun Shili, a retired foreign ministry official who is now president of the Beijing UFO Research Society who also concludes that waixingren (extraterrestrials) are living among us.
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Sun’s 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 spectacle 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.
And Sun is not the only expert in the country taking these sightings seriously. According to the highly-accredited Shen Shituan, an actual 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.
Research [ethically-based] 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, president of a government-approved UFO Research Association (membership 50,000).
Over 400 members of Dalian’s UFO Society have college degrees
In Dalian’s UFO Society, 90 per cent of the 400 members have college degrees. “It’s exciting for us to use science to decipher UFO sightings,” said Zhou Xiaoqiang, secretary-general of the Beijing UFO Society.
While few Chinese claim to have managed to get quite as intimate with an extraterrestrial as Meng, a growing number of people in China believe in unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.
In fact, Officially registered UFO associations in China have about 50,000 members, but some estimate the actual number of Chinese interested in the subject is probably in the tens of millions.
China has a bimonthly magazine — circulation 400,000 – devoted to UFO research. The conservative state-run media also report UFO sightings on a regular basis, in contrast with Western government organization which, as a policy, deny verifiable human contact with Extraterrestrial. UFO buffs in China claim support from eminent scientists and liaisons with the secretive military, giving their work full scientific respectability.
“If something flies over [ET spacecraft], there’s a very good reason for trying to understand why they’re here, why they come to us, what is their relationship between us and them,” he says.
“In order to understand UFO phenomena, we need to have a broad understanding of different disciplines,” says Albert So, university professor and Hong Kong UFO club member, “including mathematics, physics, history, philosophy, even some sort of paranormal activities and all that.”