China plans to lay the foundation for lofty space achievements including exploration of the planet Jupiter and a crewed mission to the moon.

The move heats up another technological battlefront between the U.S. and China with the world’s second largest economy positioning to become a space superpower in the coming years.

Over the past few years, China has had some notable successes in space:

With those achievements under its belt, Beijing wants to step up the game. The State Council — China’s top executive body — released a white paper last week laying out the recent successes and goals for the period between 2021 and 2025 as part of the nation’s five-year development plan. Read more