China is making progress on its new line of Long March rockets capable of heavier payload missions beyond LEO. Specifically, it has conducted successful tests of its proprietary high-pressure staged combustion cycle engine that will be used on it Long March 5 rocket scheduled for first launch in 2014. This type of engine would "make China the second country in the world after Russia to grasp the core technologies for a LOX/kerosene high-pressure staged combustion cycle rocket engine."
The Long March 6 and Long March 7 are also under development, and China is also building a new spaceport in Hainan off its south coast.
Leonard David from Space.com has more in an article cross-posted at Scientific American. Re-posted after the jump.
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