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IPFS News Link • China

China's Weaponization Of Space

•, By Judith Bergman

"Beijing is working to match or exceed US capabilities in space to gain the military, economic, and prestige benefits that Washington has accrued from space leadership." — 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

China's 2015 defense white paper had already formally designated space as a new domain of warfare. Also in 2015, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) established the Strategic Support Force (SSF), which brought together outer space, electromagnetic space and cyberspace under one command, indicating "the PLA's prioritization of these critical areas of warfare."

"The PLA continues to acquire and develop a range of...technologies, including kinetic-kill missiles, ground-based lasers, and orbiting space robots, as well as expanding space surveillance capabilities, which can monitor objects in space within their field of view and enable counterspace actions." — U.S. Department of Defense, Annual Report to Congress, 2020.

Communist China, according to China Daily, has vowed to become the world's leading space power by 2045.

"The space battlefield is not science fiction and anti-satellite weapons are going to be a reality in future armed conflicts, Shaw said." — SpaceNews, reporting on a talk given by Lt. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander of U.S. Space Command on August 23, 2021.