China and Russia do not want to see the United States expand its capabilities in space…especially military capabilities.
China does not have much leverage in the discussion considering they just shot down one of their old satellites and have left debris floating around space that could jeopardize other orbiting satellites.
Russia has a lot of leverage because the country is tops in space…though they still have trouble feeding their people.
China and Russia say attempts at global military dominance by the use of space
“are counterproductive and jeopardize the security of all humanity.”
“President Bush signed an order in October tacitly asserting the U.S. right to space weapons, and opposing the development of treaties or other measures restricting them.”
Japan and South Korea have expressed concern about the debris left by China.
America’s ambassador said –
“The United States is not out to claim space for its own or weaponize it,” but needs to develop the defenses because a “relatively small number of countries” either possess or are developing the capability to attack and defeat vital U.S. space systems by jamming satellite links, blinding sensors or launching anti-satellite weapons.”
What do you think?