An important agreement is in the works by China and Russia to join forces for space exploration from 2018 to 2022 — this agreement is expected to be signed in October of this year and will be of benefit to both nations, especially in regard to moon missions, both manned and unmanned.
This bilateral agreement will cover five areas — lunar and deep space exploration, special materials development, satellite systems collaboration, Earth remote sensing, and research into space debris. This will not be the first space agreement between the two nations; however, this is the first such concordance to envelope a period of five years, which will give the participants the time necessary to achieve some ambitious goals.
Russia is seeking international partners and collaborators. In addition to this promising deal with China, Russia is also working with the U.S. and Europe on a variety of space programs.