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China Announces New Plan for Space, Broadens Challenge to U.S
Posted by Randy | January 05, 2012
The Chinese government revealed in a white paper a new five-year plan for space exploration that expands the nation’s goals for challenging U.S. space superiority by creating new spacecrafts, satellites and a space lab by 2016.

China’s white paper specifically says that “China will strengthen its basic capacities of the space industry, accelerate research on leading-edge technology and continue to implement important space scientific and technological projects, including human spaceflight, lunar exploration, high-resolution Earth observation system, satellite navigation and positioning system, new-generation launch vehicles and other priority projects in key fields.”

The New York Times reports that “Under the new space plan, it would vastly expand its version of a Global Positioning System, which would have military as well as civilian uses. The plan shows how the government intends to draw on military and civilian resources to meet the goals, which the government is betting will also produce benefits for the Chinese economy.”

I am concerned that China is looking for ways to exert its strength through space exploration, while the United States is scaling back on our own program. This is especially true as China has failed to reassure the U.S. and other nations of its peaceful intentions in space, beginning in 2007 when it destroyed an orbiting weather satellite signaling to the world that it had the capability to intentionally destroy our communications networks and certainly had the capability to unintentionally damage our assets in space with the considerable debris left behind.

What kind of implications do you think China’s five-year plan will have for the United States? Weigh in below.
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  • thomas g commented on 1/5/2012
    I'm concerned that the congressman refuses to even consider a 1 penny increase in the tax on millionaires and billionaires. When the congressman votes to shove the country into default and offers no real plan to fund the initiatives he proposes I don't know what to say here. So I think the implication's bottom line is this : we do not have congressional leadership that is committed to working together for the nation's best interests. I expect that if there isn't dramatic change in the congress in 2012 that America will fall further behind. The implication is, that republican leadership will finally succeed through obstructionist tactics in the total destruction of the middle class, the American dream and the nation's capacity to lead the world. It will not be difficult to comprehend how this happens, the people, by the thousands are already in the streets screaming.
  • Thomas G commented on 1/6/2012
    It has been 118 DAYS and congressman Forbes has not acted to encourage a vote on the president's Jobs Act. The congressman also refused to even show up to vote for the middle class tax cut extension, but he did manage to show to protect tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
  • Paul Daly commented on 4/15/2012
    China is advancing in many areas. Is the U.S. going to impose restrictions on them as been done with other nations, I doubt it! http://www.bestlawnmowerbuys.com/
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