Chinese Response to USA 193 Shoot Down

February 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
Liu Jianchao, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, has released a few statements concerning USA 193 on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

On February 18, 2008:

Q: It is reported that the US would fire a missile to destroy a failed satellite that was due to fall on earth. What’s China’s position?

A: The Chinese Government is highly concerned over the developments and has requested the US to fulfill its international obligations in earnest and ensure that the security of outer space and relevant countries will not be undermined. Relevant Chinese authorities are closely following the situation and studying corresponding precautions.

And at a press conference on February 20, 2008:

Q: What’s China’s position on the US plan to destroy a failed satellite due to fall on earth?

A: I made China’s position clear a few days ago. The Chinese Government is highly concerned over the developments and has requested the US to fulfill its international obligations in earnest and ensure that the security of outer space and relevant countries will not be undermined. Relevant Chinese authorities are closely following the situation and studying corresponding precautions.

Again at the same press conference:

Q: Is China concerned that the US trying to destroy the failed satellite is actually to cover up its anti-satellite test?

A: I would like to reiterate that China is highly concerned over the developments and has requested the US to fulfill its international obligations in earnest and ensure that the security of outer space and relevant countries will not be undermined. Relevant Chinese authorities are closely following the situation and studying corresponding precautions. The international community has concerns over the announcement of the US. I believe the US should fulfill its relevant responsibilities in real earnest.

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