In a space of three hours today China successfully completed two launches. First, a Kuaizhou-1A rocket, intended for commercial launches, placed a civilian Earth resource satellite into orbit. Then, a Long March 6 rocket put five remote sensing satellites into orbit.
The leaders in the 2019 launch race:
6 Europe (Arianespace)
With these two launches China has leap-frogged past the U.S. to take the lead in the national rankings, 24 to 23.