In its national White Paper China opposes arms race in outer space

April 4, 2011 at 10:54 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Bernama (Malaysian National News Agency)

China’s white paper report on the country’s national defense advocates the peaceful use of outer space, and opposes any weaponisation of outer space and any arms race in outer space.

According to the document, in February 2008, China and Russia jointly submitted to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) a draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in OUter Space and the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT).

In August 2009, China and Russia jointly submitted their working paper responding to the questions and comments raised b y the DC members on the draft treaty.

China is looking forward to starting negotiations on the draft treaty at the earliest possible date, in order to conclude a new outer space treaty, says the white paper.

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