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China Waging War on Space-Based Weapons
Fox News ^ | 11 August, 2003 | Larry M. Wortzel

Posted on 08/11/2003 12:24:42 PM PDT by batter

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:36:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

What is China's position on space-based weapons (search) ? Considering the gap between what officials in Beijing say and what they do on the issue, it's hard to get a straight answer. But let's look at the facts.

For some time now, China (search) has spearheaded an international movement to ban conventional weapons from space. More than a year ago, the Asian superpower--joined by Russia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Belarus, Zimbabwe and Syria--introduced a draft treaty at the United Nations to outlaw the deployment of space-based weapons (search) .

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: balisticmissiles; china; chinastuff; prc; space; spacebased; weapons

1 posted on 08/11/2003 12:24:42 PM PDT by batter
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To: tallhappy; FreepForever; Enemy Of The State; maui_hawaii; DoughtyOne
2 posted on 08/11/2003 12:26:27 PM PDT by batter (Boycott "Made in China")
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To: HighRoadToChina; Dr. Marten; Free the USA; Sawdring; Tailgunner Joe; *China stuff
3 posted on 08/11/2003 12:30:04 PM PDT by batter (Boycott "Made in China")
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To: All
See also:

PRC simplifies military command structure

Found via: ChiCom Watch

4 posted on 08/11/2003 12:32:37 PM PDT by batter (Boycott "Made in China")
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To: soccer8
Look for everyone opposed to the Iraq action to work together to limit US power and increase their newly formed alliance's power by any means possible.

The opposition in the UN was not about Iraq. It existed way before the Iraq issue. They used the UN stage to announce their new alliance and their new anti US policy.
5 posted on 08/11/2003 12:32:38 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals (All Dems is Pimps and Ho's)
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To: soccer8
But even as it tries to rally multinational coalitions and public opinion to oppose "the weaponization of space," Beijing quietly continues to develop its own space-based weapons and tactics to destroy American military assets.

China tactics are to slow the U.S. defense in space and has no intention of biding by any treaty. They are total liars.

6 posted on 08/11/2003 12:37:41 PM PDT by demlosers
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I almost forgot the US component of the alliance- progressive Dimocrats. They have all but announced their support of our new adversary.

There is no doubt that there is some kind of dialogue between the groups. Their interests, support for each other,and relationships between their leaders is a giveaway. Actually, its obvious.

That is why our enemies love Clinton and hate Bush. Dems are trying to weaken the US in the name of globalism. They would rather rule the world than the US.

The treason is no coincidence, it is a conspiracy. Is there any doubt left in any conservative's mind?
7 posted on 08/11/2003 12:40:52 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals (All Dems is Pimps and Ho's)
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BTW, why did dems rabidly destroy the missile defense program 20 years ago and even now, threatened with the nukes warned about 20 years ago, still rabidly oppose the program? Balance of world power.
8 posted on 08/11/2003 12:46:15 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals (All Dems is Pimps and Ho's)
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To: soccer8
USCC commission member bump
9 posted on 08/11/2003 1:29:37 PM PDT by maui_hawaii
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To: soccer8
SORRY STATE (Communist, Nationalist, and Dangerous)*** OBSTACLES TO EMPIRE The grand project of restoring and Sinifying the Manchu dominions has unfortunately met three stumbling blocks. The first was Outer Mongolia, from which the Chinese garrison was expelled following the collapse of Manchu rule. The country declared independence in 1921 under Soviet auspices, and that independence was recognized by Chiang Kai-shek's government in 1945, in return for Soviet recognition of themselves as the "the Central Government of China." Mao seems not to have been very happy about this. In 1954, he asked the Soviets to "return" Outer Mongolia. I do not know the position of China's current government towards Outer Mongolia, but I should not be surprised to learn that somewhere in the filling cabinets of China's defense ministry is a detailed plan for restoring Outer Mongolia to the warm embrace of the Motherland, as soon as a suitable opportunity presents itself.

The second is Taiwan. No Chinese Imperial dynasty paid the least attention to Taiwan, or bothered to claim it. The Manchus did, though, in 1683, and ruled it in a desultory way, as a prefecture of Fujian Province, until 1887, when it was upgraded to a province in its own right. Eight years later it was ceded to Japan, whose property it remained until 1945. In its entire history, it has been ruled by Chinese people seated in China's capital for less than four years. China's current attitudes to Taiwan are, I think, pretty well known.

And the third stumbling block to the restoration of China's greatness is…….the United States. To the modern Chinese way of thinking, China's proper sphere of influence encompasses all of East Asia and the western Pacific. This does not mean that they necessarily want to invade and subjugate all the nations of that region, though they certainly do want to do just that to Taiwan and some groups of smaller islands. For Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Micronesia, etc., the old imperial-suzerainty model would do well enough, at least in the short term. These places could conduct their own internal affairs, so long as they acknowledged the overlordship of Beijing, and, above all, did not enter into alliances, nor even close friendships, with other powers.

Which, of course, too many of them have done, the competitor power in every case being the U.S. It is impossible to overstate how angry it makes the Chinese to think about all those American troops in Japan, Korea, and Guam, together with the U.S. Seventh Fleet steaming up and down in "Chinese" waters, and electronic reconnaissance planes like the EP-3 brought down on April 1 operating within listening distance of the mainland. If you tackle Chinese people on this, they usually say: "How would you feel if there were Chinese troops in Mexico and Jamaica, and Chinese planes flying up and down your coasts?" Leaving aside the fact that front companies for the Beijing regime now control both ends of the Panama Canal, as well as Freeport in the Bahamas, the answer is that the United States is a democracy of free people, whose government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed, so that the wider America's influence spreads, the better for humanity: while China is a corrupt, brutish, and lawless despotism, the close containment of which is a pressing interest for the whole human race. One cannot, of course, expect Chinese people to be very receptive to this answer.

Or, indeed, to anything much we have to say on the subject of their increasing militant and assertive nationalism. We simply have no leverage here. It is no use trying to pretend that this is the face-saving ideology of a small leadership group, forced on an unwilling populace at gunpoint. The Chinese people respond eagerly to these ultra-nationalist appeals: That is precisely why the leadership makes them. Resentment of the U.S., and a determination to enforce Chinese hegemony in Asia, are well-nigh universal among modern mainland Chinese. These emotions trump any desire for constitutional government, however much people dislike the current regime for its corruption and incompetence. Find a mainlander, preferably one under the age of thirty, and ask him which of the following he would prefer: for the Communists to stay in power indefinitely, unreformed, but in full control of the "three T's" (Tibet, Turkestan, Taiwan); or a democratic, constitutional government without the three T's. His answer will depress you. You can even try this unhappy little experiment with dissidents: same answer.

Is there anything we can do about all this? One thing only. We must understand clearly that there will be lasting peace in East Asia when, and only when, China abandons her atavistic fantasies of imperial hegemony, withdraws her armies from the 2 million square miles of other people's territory they currently occupy, and gets herself a democratic government under a rule of law. Until that day comes, if it ever does, the danger of war will be a constant in relations between China and the world beyond the Wall, as recent events in the South China Sea have illustrated. Free nations, under the indispensable leadership of the United States, must in the meantime struggle to maintain peace, using the one, single, and only method that wretched humanity, in all its millennia of experience, has so far been able to devise for that purpose: Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.

10 posted on 08/11/2003 3:34:17 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: soccer8
"Asian superpower"

China? I wonder what data they use to support that lable? China may have a strong economy on paper and in other figures, but not when you take their population, living standards, high unemployment and other factors into cosideration. Furthermore, as of yet, they dont even have a means with which to project their small, but growing military power. If they got into a military conflict outside of the mainland, they would have no way to hold a strong defense, let alone an offense.
11 posted on 08/11/2003 5:31:08 PM PDT by Dr. Marten (Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it)
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