China's space activities raising U.S. satellite security concerns

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chi-view wrote:

I did’t know the space is owned by the US and Russian.

Jan 14, 2013 1:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
ChAliGhafoor wrote:

russia has no concerns on any country’s development but US consider himself as the only country for space explorations,weapons export or to attack on any country.
US lobby is the puppit of Israel.

Jan 14, 2013 2:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
WJL wrote:

The achilles heel of america’s vaunted military machine is that it is spread out all over the globe. It is heavily dependent on satellites for communication and coordination. Destroy those satellites and the world will enjoy more peace.

Jan 14, 2013 3:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
Cybersapien wrote:

No one is going to shoot down American satellites, and no one is going to shoot down Chinese satellites. If such an attack occurs, it will be construed as a direct military provocation, which may essentially translate into nuclear war and the end of the entire species.

All this talk of military engagement is ridiculous. The very existence of nuclear weapons prevents any country from having even the slightest possibility of benefiting from full-scale conventional warfare between nations.

That’s the whole point of nuclear deterrent, and that is why World War III has failed to materialize and will likely never occur. Attempting to solve problems between civilized nations with military force is the policy of weak-minded, arrogant maniacs who would lead us all to extinction if given unchecked power. We’re quite beyond the era of Hitler, are we not? You don’t rule the world with a military; you rule the world with economics.

Furthermore, space is the final frontier of the entire species; it is obviously not the exclusive realm of a particular nation. Can we please stop the damn warmongering and just get along? This is why we have nuclear weapons in the place of what could be very nice things.

Jan 14, 2013 4:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
Foxdrake_360 wrote:

What exactly can the US do about it?

That’s right, NOTHING. It’s totally broke. Defunct. Bankrupt.

Moreover, it refuses to tax those “rich people” who have the money to 1) pay down the debt, 2) rebuild the economy or 3) invest in the technology to be safe.

But the rich don’t care… worse comes to worse, they’ll move to Hong Kong or Singapore with their billions.

So guess what? I don’t care either. If China wants to rule the world, fine with me. Either way, I have to get up and go to work tomorrow.

Oh wells. *shrug*

Jan 14, 2013 4:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
EU_Hold_On wrote:

I don’t believe that shutting down U.S’s communications would bring peace on earth.

Sure the overwhelming military presence of the U.S army is an undiscutable form of imperialism, but it hold (for now) unreliable countries such as North Korea, Irak…

No communication = Chaos in those hyper sensible areas.

Jan 14, 2013 6:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

I am sure China also has nuclear weapons orbiting around the planet, but what are we going to do about it? We gave them the technology, without the US, China would be sending up sky rockets. A little late to be concerned.

Jan 14, 2013 7:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
DrWhoWho wrote:

America is in decline, China is on the rise. That’s all one needs to know.

Jan 14, 2013 9:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
CountryPride wrote:

Then stop letting hordes of Chinese enter our best companies and colleges just to steal our tech to use it against us.

Jan 14, 2013 12:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

All space programs (USA, EU, China, Russia, Japan, Iran, and North Korea) have the potential to disrupt the space programs of the others. This article is one more paranoid hit piece directed by the US against China in an effort to delay its economic and technological growth. I served in the US Army Special Forces, so I know about US dirty tricks against other countries. US leaders always knew that China would pass the US, but they thought that it would happen in 2050 when they were all dead. Costly US wars, costlier US economic and financial crises, costly US trade sanctions, and US political gridlock for which US citizens voted have caused a rapid US decline that should put China ahead of the US economically and militarily by 2025. The US did this to itself. China wants America to succeed because it is China’s second biggest trading partner after the EU, and every country makes more money in trade with rich countries than with poor nations.

China has a policy called “One country, many systems” that applies to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other provinces that have or will return to China. The same idea could be phrased as “One world, many systems.” The US needs to examine and improve its system and evaluate as objectively as possible other systems that appear to be having more success than the US at this time. The fact that China is more active in space at this time should be reassuring because it adds another fleet of space vehicles to rescue US and other astronauts at the space station and in the future US space tourism industry should there be any problems.

The alternative could be a new Cold War in space with North Korean pods, 4 with each launch, sent into space with 6 nuclear warheads each over a total of 120 US cities (20 pods in 5 launches). The pods would hover undetected for months or years until needed. The best times to bring down the pods would be during the Lyrid, Perseid, Orionid, or Geminid meteor showers because meteors would hide the descent of the pods. The warheads would be undetectable from release to detonation over their targets in the US. Fortunately, the US cities would not be completely destroyed because caring for casualties with long-term health needs is far more expensive than burying the dead. In addition, decontaminating a city that retains residents and infrastructure is enormously costly compared to burying a city that has been completely destroyed. This method of attack should keep the US in extreme poverty for decades. The US should consider peace, prosperity, and trade before it creates a new Cold War in space and on earth.

Jan 14, 2013 3:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ImaNanna wrote:

Our “brilliant” leader has halted any opportunity for us to be able to get to and repair our satellites should China become successful in their attempts. . . with the exception of hitching a ride with Russia! Sure!! It’s not been that long ago that our satellites held a booming surprise for them, so the likelihood of that is nada!!

Jan 14, 2013 5:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ImaNanna wrote:

@CountryPride–20 years ago our number one export was education & although I don’t know for sure, I think it’s probable that that is still a fact. And, guess what? Many of those foreign students got grants to pay for college! That figures into the entitlements we are still paying for!!!

Jan 14, 2013 5:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DeanMJackson wrote:

“Since at least the early 1970s, the Communist party of China has been poised to create a spectacular but controlled “democratization” at any appropriate time. The party had by then spent two decades consolidating its power, building a network of informants and agents that permeate every aspect of Chinese life, both in the cities and in the countryside. Government control is now so complete that it will not be seriously disturbed by free speech and democratic elections; power can now be exerted through the all-pervasive but largely invisible infrastructure of control. A transition to an apparently new system, using dialectical tactics, is now starting to occur.” — Playing the China Card (The New American, Jan. 1, 1991).

All actions of the Chinese Communist Party and government must be analyzed through the prism of the “Long-Range Policy”, the “new” more subtle strategy all Communist nations signed onto in 1960 as the only credible means to defeat the West with, as first revealed to the West by KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn, the only Soviet-era defector to still be under protective custody, proving (1) the collapses of the USSR/East Bloc were strategic ruses; and (2) that all other Soviet-era defectors who followed Golitsyn were still loyal to their respective Communist intelligence agencies, since all of them provided incorrect intelligence on the future of the USSR/East Bloc.

When the Communist government in Beijing “collapses”, Taiwan will be stymied from not joining the mainland.

The “dissident” movement in China (as in the USSR) is a creation of Beijing, its existence intended to instill in Western minds that the Communist government/party has competing factions, with one faction being the “reformist” faction that allows for “dissidents” being known to the West. With hundreds of thousands government agents that infest every aspect of Chinese life, from urban centers to rural villages, nothing happens in China that isn’t cleared by Beijing.

Jan 14, 2013 5:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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