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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Chinese President Hu Cools 'Star Wars' Talk

Chinese President Hu Jintao said his nation supported the peaceful use of outer space Friday, days after his air force commander sparked concerns by saying an arms race in space was inevitable and one day after the Chinese foreign ministry also said China wanted peace in space, AFP reports from the Xinhua news agency.

"China will unswervingly uphold a national defence policy that is defensive in nature, and will never seek military expansion and an arms race," Xinhua news agency quoted Hu as telling visiting foreign air force delegations. "China will ... support the peaceful development of outer space and actively participate in cooperation on global space security."

President Hu Jintao appeared to seek to cool the 'Star Wars'-like rhetoric by the air force commander, Xu Qiliang, who told the state press that it was imperative for China's air force to develop offensive and defensive operations in outer space.

1 comment:

Grokthis said...

This is one of the most important issues in space. Imagine the debris caused by a war in space. Watch the movie Wall-e and you may get the idea, aside from the cuteness it is, actually, a cautionary tale.

All enveloped in this issue too is nuclear powered spacecraft. The dangers of that issue are just as scary as nuclear issues here on the surface of earth.

Until we can figure out a way to get the material safely out of the atmosphere and out of orbit there is too much risk.

There is a lot of discussion going on about space debris. Nuclear material being added to that sounds like a horrible thing to me. I say hold off on nuclear powered spacecraft/satellites until we can park between the earth and the moon and put it together there.