China: make outer space safe for all

August 8, 2011 at 7:59 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space War

by Li Hong for China Daily

*The author is secretary-general of China Arms Control and Disarmament Association

[T]he US has realized that its advantage in outer space is facing serious challenges, and the gap between it and other countries is narrowing. This can mean only one thing: the US has to change its outer space security policy.

…In this sense, the US’ willingness to talk with Russia and China is welcome. But the US should recognize that talks on space security are related to the interests of all countries and the formulation of international laws and rules of conduct should not be monopolized by some powers.

China has always advocated peaceful use of space. Over the next few decades, the Chinese government’s focus will be on developing the national economy and improving the livelihoods of more than 1.3 billion Chinese people. China has to develop its defense capabilities in space but will avoid being involved in an arms race in outer space.

China has been urging the international community to sign a treaty to prevent weaponization of and an arms race in outer space, maintain the peaceful use of space and create a peaceful international environment that would help China’s economic and social development.

China pursues a defensive defense strategy, has no intention of estab lishing “hegemony” and doesn’t believe in or pursue absolute security. Instead, it promotes common safety through mutually beneficial cooperation. Hence, even if China becomes capable of contending with the US in overall strength in the future, it will remember the erstwhile Soviet Union’s experience to desist from engaging in an arms race in space with the US. [Full article]

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