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That was close.  The Chinese scientists once again show total disregard for safety of people.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/large-chunks-of-a-chinese-rocket-missed-new-york-city-by-about-15-minutes/?amp=1
Large chunks of a Chinese rocket missed New York City by about 15 minutes

This is a rather large object to make an uncontrolled return to Earth. According to Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and keen observer of satellites, this is the largest vehicle to make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth's atmosphere since 1991, when the Soviet Salyut 7 space station broke up over Argentina.
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"I would not be surprised if several bits with masses of the order of 100 to 300kg hit the surface," he told Ars.
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China has previously shown a disregard for debris from its rocket launches, however. It frequently launches rockets from pads surrounded by land. This has led to debris from first and second stages falling on villages in the country.

It is not clear whether future launches of the Long March 5B rocket will continue to send its core stage into an unstable orbit or if this was a one-off instance during the rocket's test flight. Certainly this will be discouraged, at the very least, by other nations.

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People need to stop being apologists for this reckless regime.

https://spacenews.com/bridenstine-criticizes-china-for-uncontrolled-rocket-reentry/
Bridenstine criticizes China for uncontrolled rocket reentry

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine criticized China May 15 for the “really dangerous” reentry of a large rocket stage earlier in the week that led to debris landing in Africa.

In brief comments opening the online meeting of the NASA Advisory Council’s Regulatory and Policy Committee, Bridenstine used the May 11 reentry of the Long March 5B core stage as an example of the behavior that was contrary to the norms of behavior for space activities NASA sought to endorse through its Artemis Accords.

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Re: Large Chunks of Plummeting Chinese Space Rocket Miss NYC by 15 minutes
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2020, 10:44:43 PM »
Holy cow.  They have zero respect for safety. At any time one of these could be landing on your home, place of business, or child"s school.

https://www.space.com/amp/china-launches-gaofen-11-satellite-rocket-crash.html
Chinese rocket booster appears to crash near school during Gaofen 11 satellite launch