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UFOs in China ! 
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UFOs -- a forbidden subject in Chairman Mao's day -- have been studied more closely in China since the late 1970s. 

China had its first massive UFO sighting on the night of July 24, 1981. It caused such an uproar that the Astronomical Observatory of Zijingshan released a communique stating, "the population of 14 provinces in our country sighted this celestial phenomenon." 

Ufology, formerly a forbidden subject in this country of more than one billion people, has only recently emerged from Chairman Mao's shadow. Modern research shows, however, that UFOs are not a new phenomenon in China. 

Historical records cite strange celestial objects during the Tang, Yuan, and Ming dynasties. A few examples were published in 1982 in the Chinese government publication Beijing Information, in the article "UFOs Were Already Observed in Ancient China," by Guo Li. It discussed several cases that occurred during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). 

When the modern UFO era began 50 years ago in 1947, flying saucers were reported in China. However, they were quickly forgotten when the country was engulfed in a civil war. All mention of UFOs was strictly forbidden during Mao's long reign, when China was mostly closed to foreign influences. 

Chinese ufology re-emerged in the late 1970s during Deng Xioping's program of economic reforms. In November 1978, The People's Daily finally gave the official green light for UFO reporting. Other reporters began to cover UFO news, and by 1980, a group of students from Wuhan University in Hebei province formed the China UFO Research Organization (CURO) and obtained moderate support from the National Academy of Social Sciences. A newsstand magazine, The Journal of UFO Research, was launched in February 1981. 

This has been an excerpt from an article UFOs Behind the Great Wall , a report on the state of UFOlogy in China by J. Antonio Huneeus of FATE Magazine

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