The Shenzhou-14 spacecraft carrying astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe, was lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
China's ambitious space programme launched its first astronaut into orbit in 2003, landed robot rovers on the moon in 2013, and on Mars last year.
It’s SpaceX’s first private charter flight to the orbiting lab after two years of carrying astronauts there for NASA.
The team will carry out scientific research projects, including ageing in space, experiments with stem cells, and a technology demonstration of a self-assembling spacecraft.
Russian official says future of International Space Station uncertain amid sanctions from stakeholders
The head of Russia's Roscosmos state agency told reporters on Saturday morning that the agency was preparing a report on the prospects of international cooperation at the station.
The rocket engine developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation will undergo over 20 more experimental tasks to further test its performance, the company said.
Roscosmos said that the sanctions could disrupt the operation of Russian vessels servicing the ISS which could cause the structure to fall.
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said China will carry out more than 50 space launches in 2022, sending over 140 spacecraft into space.
Once ready, China will be the only country to own a space station of its own as the International Space Station (ISS) of Russia is a collaborative project of several countries.
Chinese social media users blasted Musk and his companies over the incident, with one hashtag racking up 87 million views on Dec 28.
Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and his producer Yozo Hirano were the first self-paying tourists to visit the space station since 2009.
Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and producer Yozo Hirano are the first self-paying tourists to visit the space station since 2009.
The space station and its crew of seven have been at increased risk from space junk since Russia destroyed a satellite in a missile test two weeks ago.
A Russian rocket blasted off successfully on Wednesday to deliver a new docking module to the International Space Station.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also charged that it is hypocrisy to say that Russia creates risks for peaceful activities in space.