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China claims that it may have made contact with an alien civilization — before mysteriously deleting its report.

China announced that it may have received a message from an alien civilization using its $180 million Sky Eye telescope, according to Science and Technology Daily.

“Sky Eye telescope may have picked up signs of life beyond Earth,” the report stated, according to Bloomberg. The state-backed Science and Technology Daily then mysteriously deleted the report.

“The news had already started trending on social network Weibo and was picked up by other media outlets, including state-run ones.”

Scientists have long believed there was civilized alien life in space. If the mysterious radio signals are real, it would mark the first confirmed contact from alien life in the solar system.

“While no signs of life have ever been detected, the possibility of extraterrestrial biology – the scientific logic that supports it – has grown increasingly plausible,” according to NASA.