Flexing Muscle, China Destroys Satellite in Test
Date: Friday, January 19 2007
China successfully carried out its first test of an antisatellite weapon last week, signaling its resolve to play a major role in military space activities and bringing expressions of concern from Washington and other capitals, the Bush administration said yesterday.
Only two nations — the Soviet Union and the United States — have previously destroyed spacecraft in antisatellite tests, most recently the United States in the mid-1980s.
Arms control experts called the test, in which the weapon destroyed an aging Chinese weather satellite, a troubling development that could foreshadow an antisatellite arms race. Alternatively, however, some experts speculated that it could precede a diplomatic effort by China to prod the Bush administration into negotiations on a weapons ban.
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It describes the weapon as a 'missle', but others speculate it was a 'laser'. DrC]
Well yeah, it COULD precede a "diplomatic effort". But it is my contention that we are witnessing the beginnings of a Chinese push for hegemony. It could take any number of pathways, but by far the simplest one (in light of the above), is to close China to exports, and cripple the world's satellite communications systems and GPS systems.
I find it quite "comical" that we in the west are slavering over the "bones" China is throwing us. Mr. Harper, for instance, is being chastised by business for not jumping on the China wagon quickly enough, and all eyes are looking to the proverbial east. So far, we are not fighting among ourselves for these "scraps", as we perceive there to be more than enough for everyone. But given that China's anti-satellite demonstration is a "troubling development", what exactly ARE we doing here? Trying to see who can collect the most marbles before it all falls apart?
How many people refused to see what the chicken bones were plainly saying prior to WWII? Chinese leadership must well and truly be "laughing up its sleeve" at our scrabbling cupidity.......
As New York Times online articles are only available on a time-limited basis, I have saved it for anyone who "missed out".
[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on January 22, 2007]