China vows to put a factory on Mars by 2012
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Corporations such as Nike, Wal-Mart and Halliburton have promised billions to support the missions, that will ostensibly begin as soon as September. Once the factory is completed, these companies would retain exclusive production rights on impored Martian products sold on Earth, as well as the future exploitation of all Martian resources under the direction of the Chinese government.
Initially, probes and payload vehicles will be launched in order to establish primary colonies on the planet, which will be only the second in the solar system to have products with the Made In China label. In the coming years, teams of workers and settlers will follow in order to begin construction of new factories. It is hoped that carbon dioxide pollution produced at the new factories will contribute to a greenhouse effect and the development of a Martian atmosphere as an added benefit.
The expensive colonization and industrialization project will be financed primarily by the growing American trade deficit with Peking, which expects to repossess most of the American space program within the next several years. By combining the latest Chinese production methods with existing repossessed American technology, Peking maintains it intends to establish a permanent Communist presence on the red planet within six years, "passing the benefits on to consumers with cheaper production costs," Chinese officials said.