CHINA’S PRESIDENT URGES GREATER MILITARIZATION OF SPACE

FoxNews on April 15, 2014, reported that China’s president is calling on his country to boost its military power in space by increasing coordination between its air and space defense programs.

Speaking at the air force headquarters in Beijing, Xi Jinping told officers “to speed up air and space integration and sharpen their offensive and defensive capabilities,” Xinhua news agency reported, according to Reuters.

The news agency did not elaborate as to how China expects to do this, but state media afterwards called it a response to the United States’ increasing militarization of space.

China says its space program is for peaceful means, but a Pentagon report released last year claimed Beijing is looking at ways to block its rivals from using space-based assets during a crisis, Reuters reports.

An analysis of satellite images also suggests that a Chinese rocket launch in May 2013 was actually a test of an anti-satellite weapon and not a research mission.

Jinping previously has said he wants China to become a superpower in space.

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