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Taikonaut is sometimes used in English for astronauts from China by Western news media. The term was coined in May 1998. In the Chinese language, however, the term yuhang yuan ("universe navigator") has long been used for astronauts and cosmonauts. The closest term using taikong is a colloquialism taikong ren ("space human") which refers to people who have actually been in space. Official English text issued by the Chinese government uses astronaut.