The partial debris of China’s Long March 5B rocket (Long March5B) on April 29 was alleged by foreign media and some scholars and experts that it might fall somewhere on Earth within a few days, causing much public concern. However, the major Chinese media are completely silent and there is no news about it.
The British newspaper The Guardian alleged that China’s Long March 5B rocket is currently out of control and that some of the debris may fall to an unknown location on Earth within a few days, while Jonathan McDowell, a scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Astrophysics, expressed concern that the falling metal debris may hit buildings.
According to the reporter’s actual search on Weibo for related keywords, there are only some scientific and popular microblogging accounts that list multiple points of rebuttal to the foreign media report with indignation, and some Chinese netizens think it is a smear.
In May 2020, CNN asked the Chinese Communist Party to confirm the suspected crash of the wreckage of the Long March 5B rocket into a village in Côte d’Ivoire. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) confirmed the incident.
However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to the U.S. reporter: “I don’t know what you’re talking about, so I suggest you ask the competent authorities,” and it never happened again.