What Makes China and France Space Partners?

China's space ambitions are big! They just landed a probe on the dark side of the moon and have missions to Mars planned, but how have they been able to accomplish so much? One way is by working with other nations. France is as been a long-time partner and both counties have done some pretty interesting missions together.
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