Thu, Nov 22, 2007
China's Responses Vague At Best
Over 10 months after China
successfully tested an anti-satellite missile, US leaders remain
concerned as the purpose of the test has yet to be explained to the
As ANN reported, the emerging
superpower used a ground-based ballistic missile to blow apart an
aging Feng Yun 1C polar orbit weather satellite January 11. The
medium-range ballistic missile was launched near China's Xichang
The test was the first such 'satellite killer' test in more than
20 years, and the first from the Chinese.
Agence-France Presse reports the new chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, asked Chinese leaders
about the test last month, when he visited that country... only to
be met with vague assurances it was not hostile, or meant to be
construed as a threat.
Mullen wasn't quite reassured.
"It speaks to a higher level of concern that many of us in the
United States have about what is the strategic intent of the
investment, the high tech investment the Chinese government is
making with respect to its military capability in the future,"
Mullen said. "That test is a great example of creating a question
that hasn't been answered yet."
Senior US military officials believe China will have the
capability of targeting and destroying US communications satellites
within three years, should the two superpowers clash in a military
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