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China today successfully placed three military surveillance satellites into orbit, using its Long March 2C.
This rocket uses toxic hypergolic fuels, and is designed for placing satellites in low Earth orbit. Its first stage will likely fall somewhere in the Chinese interior, where the government will warn residents of the danger.
The leaders in the 2020 launch race:
2 Europe (Arianespace)
The U.S. still leads China 8 to 6 in the national rankings.