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Serbia joins China’s lunar base project

Serbia this week signed an agreement with China to become the eleventh nation to join its International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) lunar base project.

China’s project now has eleven partner nations (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela) and eleven academic or governmental bureaucracies.

Except for China and Russia, the other partners are very minor players in space, and will likely contribute relatively little to the lunar base other than providing China some shallow positive PR.

Nonetheless, the two competing alliances in settling the solar system are becoming clear. On one side you have the alliance led by the U.S. under the Artemis Accords, while on the other you have an alliance led by China, under its lunar base project. Both right now appear only interested in establishing government power in space.

In the middle will be ordinary people, dreaming of building new societies to live in on other worlds. Sadly it increasingly appears they will be crushed between these two big government alliances. Though the U.S. alliance was initially established to foster private property and ownership so that those settlers could have as free and as prosperous a life as the Americans who settled the United States, it no longer seems interested in that goal.

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  • Jeff Wright

    Ordinary Americans like me work 2 jobs and are poor due not just to Biden but Libertarian free trade policies that cratered manufacturing and hurt labor.

  • David Ross

    Jeff: this post has nothing to do with trade across country lines; it has to do with “private property and ownership”. Including on the Moon should we get there.

  • David M. Cook

    The China-Russia group can now be properly referred to as “The Dirty Dozen”!

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