There is a chance that the launch might be in August so everything boils down to weather.
Sigh...that's what they said about the UAE and then I find out that they've launched earlier today.
Just wondering with NASA and UAE ( didn't know that UAE has such capability! ) planning to go on a MARS mission in the same time frame, would that put pressure on China to launch before them?
The only pressure would be the closing launch window. If they can't launch due to whatever reason then they won't launch. Besides, there have been previous missions to Mars so there is no pressure to other participants. The only competition left is a manned mission BUT we're decades away from such reality. Late 21st Century would be my guess for manned missions.
The Chinese program needs to be done ASAP because the learning process needs to begin ASAP. It's not about getting it right and not doing it quick.
Blindly rushing head first isn't very economical. You're going to learn what your mistake was regardless of launch rate. I highly doubt the Chinese would follow the Soviet style of doing things.