From The Christian Science Monitor:
New alarms are sounding over signs that China may be developing space weapons, reinforcing suspicions that the People’s Liberation Army is increasingly interested in the final frontier as a theater of war.
The latest alert came Thursday from an independent panel – created by Congress to assess the economic and security situations in China – that questions Chinese intentions and urges lawmakers to lean on the Bush administration to talk with Beijing about curtailing space militarization.
Specifically, the annual report of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission urges the US to emphasize to China the merits of “strategic warning and verification measures” – in essence, the value to both sides of leaving early-warning and spy satellites unharmed. [Full Text]