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[i]If two dazed Chinese astronauts drop from space into the Australian outback this weekend, it will trigger an espionage plot worthy of an airport novel.
China's intelligence agencies have drawn up plans to thwart over-eager ASIO officers in the event that the Shenzhou VI space capsule crashes into the dust of the Australian desert.
Fearful that local rescue personnel and ASIO spies may arrive at the crash scene first, and take an unhealthy interest in the spacecraft's rocket technology, Beijing has moved to make its space capsule burglar-proof.
In a solution that any home insurance company would applaud, the Chinese have created a special key to unlock the spacecraft and have chosen not to give a copy to Australia.
Instead, the secret key is resting in the safe hands of an unnamed Chinese military attache at the Chinese embassy in Canberra.
In the event of a crash-landing, that Chinese official will be rushed into the desert, key in hand, to ensure that no one else unlocks China's secrets of rocket science.[/i]
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