STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

China's Posture in Space and its Implications

Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • July 2008
    Volume: 
    32
    Issue: 
    4
    Articles

    As part of its peaceful rise strategy, China has made resolute investments in the field of science and technology. One major aspect of this technological quest has been its investments in space technologies. China's success in this field is remarkable and has brought glory to the nation. However, at the same time, the anti-satellite test (ASAT) undertaken by China, during January 2007, has raised the fears of the weaponization of space. This article examines the developments in China's space programme and attempts to analyse its impact on the global space architecture in general and on India in particular.

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