Japan, Australia Ask China to Explain Space Missile – Paul Tighe and Takashi Hirokawa

Bloomberg reported that Japan and Australia asked China to explain its test firing a missile into space, while Russian Defense Minister through MOSNEWS addressed here that Chinese Ballistic Missile Tests Are Exaggerated Rumors:
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…The satellite was hit by the missile on Jan. 11, Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, said yesterday. Li Junhua, a Chinese envoy to the United Nations in New York, said in a telephone interview that he “never heard of that.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry didn’t reply to fax and phone queries…

U.S. government officials have said that some countries are acquiring capabilities to attack civilian and military space systems. While they declined to identify the countries, Defense News, an independent weekly publication, reported in September that China has been conducting tests aimed at blinding U.S. satellites with lasers.
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