The head of the agency said the US Space Command was focusing on the challenge posed by Beijing.
The head of the US Space Command (SPACECOM) warned that China’s continued advances in space are threatening Washington’s position in the field.
Army General James H. Dickinson told the Asia Pacific Media Center on Friday that Beijing’s actions represent the biggest challenge facing the agency and called on US allies to act. show a “unified stance” on this issue.
“They continue to build and build capabilities that really, frankly, put most of our assets at risk in the space sector.” he told journalists via video link from Hawaii.
Dickinson describes China’s progress in this area as “really… an advance… in their ability.”
His comments come less than a week after three Chinese astronauts successfully returned from orbit last Sunday. They spent about six months aboard the country’s Tiangong orbital station as part of the Shenzhou-14 mission.
On Thursday, Beijing also said it was considering expanding the orbital station, which received its final third module last month. China has been working on its own space station since 2011, when it was banned by the International Space Station (ISS) and Washington prevented NASA from working with Beijing.
China has always insisted that its space program is only peaceful. However, according to Reuters, the United States and other Western nations have been concerned about China’s activities in the region, including the test of an anti-satellite missile in 2007.
According to Dickinson, such tests and technologies can clog space with debris.
The general also warned that China considers space “a very important part to not only their global economic or economic environment but also the military environment.” U.S army “continue to monitor that very closely as they continue to ramp up capabilities,” SPACECOM header is added.
Dickinson said the US Space Command, along with the US Indo-Pacific Command, are currently focused on the challenge posed by China. He added that a “the unifying stance of allies and partners is crucial” when confronted with what he called “coercion and subversion” perceived threats “rule-based order” in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
Beijing has not yet commented on the general’s comments.
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