Five myths about China’s space effort


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Five myths about China’s space effort. Key recommendation:

Recognize the significance of space as a field of competition. Beijing is not engaged in a space race with Washington. But China is engaged in a great power competition with the U.S. in which space is one arena. American decision makers should come to terms with this duality. In this regard, the Chinese are unlikely to be manipulated by American proposals on “codes of conduct” or meetings with the head of NASA. As long as Beijing and Washington are in competition, space will be one of the major venues.

And competition is not a bad thing. It is going to be the fuel that gets the human race into space.

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2 comments

  • Chris L.

    One does wonder how far along we might be right now if the Soviets had really continued with their Moon landing program. If the Moon had become a place for long range competition, perhaps we would have actually developed those Moon bases we all thought were on the way. Hopefully, commercial competition will someday get us to where political competition didn’t.

  • Kelly Starks

    > And competition is not a bad thing. It is going to be the fuel that gets the human race into space…

    It didn’t do anything in the ’60’s other then build a hungry NASA buracracy that needed to control access to space to justify itself.

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