Maitreya Rael, founder and leader of the International Raelian Movement, announced in a statement released today that a UFO that appeared over the Hangzhou airport, forcing authorities to close that facility, is "just the beginning of a huge wave of UFO apparitions that will appear starting now all over China."

"These UFO s are the vessels used by the Elohim, our creators from space who were described in all ancient Chinese traditions, and who a long time ago had children with the Chinese," Rael said. "That's why the Chinese call themselves 'children from the sky.'"

He added that the Elohim wish to have an embassy built to officially welcome them back to Earth, and they would like it to be build in China.

"China is the most important country on Earth, not only because it has the biggest population, but also because its culture and civilization have always been the most scientifically and spiritually advanced," Rael explained. "Thanks to this culture, China was almost totally preserved from the damage of primitive religions like Christianity and from other monotheistic, superstitious values. Instead, China has developed a very scientific and philosophically advanced society without the guilt caused by Christianity, especially Catholicism, and particularly thanks to the influence of Lao Tzu and Confucius, two of the greatest thinkers of history of humanity."

The Raelian leader went on to comment that China also has a government that is "politically closest" to that recommended in Messages given him by the Elohim, especially China's one-child policy for controlling overpopulation. "Communism, when applied with intelligence, is the best way to have a harmonious society," he added.

To illustrate, he pointed out that in China right now, capitalism is partially accepted on a provisional basis to reward those who are making the society evolve faster for the good of the entire population.

"What's more," he said, "China while at the same time becoming the most powerful nation on earth, has avoided and continues to avoid any form of colonialism."

He explained that China could have colonized all of Asia long ago, along with Australia and beyond, since it was the first country to explore and circumnavigate the world long before Europeans did.

"But the traditional wisdom of China restrains it from colonizing other populations and perpetrating genocides as the Europeans did," Rael said. "Even with what will soon be the biggest and most powerful army in the world, China doesn't have military bases around the world to dominate others, unlike the United States, which has 180 bases worldwide to guarantee world domination."

He said that for all these reasons, the Elohim wish to have the embassy where they will land officially built in China.

"To generate interest in this project, the Elohim are launching a huge campaign of apparitions all over China so the Chinese will read the messages I have brought to humanity," Rael said. "And it's also to urge the Chinese government to accept the building of the Elohim Embassy in China, although the government's first reaction to appease the population will be to offer so-called rational explanations for these UFO appearances, like saying they are merely meteorological events or military tests or visual illusions."

He added, "The truth is that more and more UFOs will be seen all over China, and the authorities will soon have to recognize that they are real UFOs."

Brigitte Boisellier, spokesperson for the International Raelian Movement said the messages given to Maitreya Rael by the Elohim when they met in central France in 1973 and 1975 explain not only that there is no god, but that there is no evolution either, since all life on earth was created in laboratories through genetic engineering by the Elohim. She said "Elohim" is a plural Hebrew word meaning "those coming from the sky," but was mistakenly translated as "god" by primitive people.

"So the Elohim, though human like us, are thousands of years more scientifically advanced than us," she explained. "They created all life on Earth, including human beings. And now that we ourselves are reaching a scientific understanding of the universe, they wish to contact us officially to help us enter a new era of permanent peace brought by science and technology."