China has announced plans to launch a satellite to orbit around Xiao’s Belt and Road Initiative summit in 2021.
Xiao is a leader in the Belt and Route initiative, a $10 billion project to boost economic ties with China, the United States and other countries.
He is also the chairman of the BeltandRoad initiative’s governing body, the Committee for the Belt, Road and Maritime Development.
The Chinese government is currently in talks with the US over the project.
Last year, China launched a satellite for Xiao to be used to map out his plans.
In February, a Chinese official said Xiao planned to start building a new satellite by 2021.
“We want to establish a permanent base for Xiang, with the goal of establishing the Xiang Satellite Launch Vehicle in 2021,” Zhang Yongzhang, director of the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, told the state-run Xinhua news agency.
“In the future, we hope to use the Xiao Satellite Launch vehicle for the construction of a permanent space station and other space activities.”
The Belt and Track initiative has been under scrutiny in recent years.
The US Congress passed a law last year to impose new sanctions on Chinese companies for human rights abuses, including in Xinjiang, where the region has been the focus of unrest since security forces killed more than a dozen people last month.
In April, the US imposed additional sanctions on China, including for its treatment of its own citizens.
China has been trying to increase ties with the rest of the world, particularly in the region.
Last week, the White House said it had “adopted a new set of guidelines for the establishment of an intergovernmental committee to jointly study the feasibility and feasibility of a Belt and Border initiative between China and other Asian countries”.
It is understood that the US administration has been looking to establish an Intergovernmental Committee on China-ASEAN cooperation.
China is also a member of the United Nations Security Council, but the US has said it has no plans to establish its own body.