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China destroys satellite orbiting the earth

Postby jakimbro » Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:05 am

Chinese missile destroys satellite in space
By Richard Spencer in Beijing
Last Updated: 1:20pm GMT 19/01/2007


Britain has joined the US, Japan and Australia's condemnation of China after the communist country destroyed a satellite in space using a ballistic missile.


The British embassy in Beijing said it had raised the test, the first of its kind for 20 years, with the Chinese foreign ministry noting that the Government believed it was “inconsistent” with China’s opposition to the development of space weapons.

A spokesman refused to elaborate on the form the protest took or on the Chinese government’s response.

Later, a Downing Street spokesman said: "We are concerned about the impact of debris in space and we expressed that concern.

"We don't believe that this does contravene international law.

"What we are concerned about however is lack of consultation and we believe that this development of this technology and the manner in which this test was conducted is inconsistent with the spirit of China's statements to the UN and other bodies on the military use of space."

The Chinese authorities have not confirmed a US report that it blew up one of its own aged weather satellites last Thursday with a ballistic missile fired from the Xichang space centre in Sichuan province.

There is stony silence on the subject in the Chinese media today as concern grows in the US and in the region about the prospect of an arms race in space.

If the test is confirmed, China will become the third country after the United States and the former Soviet Union to shoot down an object in space, indicating the Asian power could target satellites operated by other nations.

The United States, Japan, Australia and a host of other countries voiced concern on Friday .

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yasuhisa Shiozaki, said his government had asked China for confirmation, and for an explanation of what its intentions were.

“We are concerned about it firstly from the point of view of peaceful use of space, and secondly from the safety perspective,” Mr Shiozaki said.

Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the American National Security Council, said the US “believes China’s development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of co-operation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area”.

Alexander Downer, Australia's foreign minister, said his country did not want to see “some sort of spread, if you like, of an arms race into outer space”.

Taro Aso, the Japanese foreign minister, said the Chinese had sought to reassure Japan its intentions in space were of no threat to anyone.

“China consistently uses space only for peaceful purposes,” Mr Aso quoted the Chinese foreign ministry as saying.

The comments fit with the ruling Communist Party’s mantra in recent years that the nation’s rise as a world superpower should not be feared.

China joined the exclusive club of top space nations in 2003 when it sent up its first manned mission, joining the United States and Russia.

China spends 500 million dollars a year on its space programmes, according to official figures, while NASA’s proposed budget for 2007 is nearly 17 billion dollars.

But the United States has consistently deflected Chinese advances for closer cooperation on the two nations’ space programmes because of concerns about the involvement of China’s military.

A Chinese government defence paper released last month said that its defence expenditure had grown by more than 15 percent every year since 1990.
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Postby emanresu » Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:59 pm

Condemnation for China rings hollow since the United States and Russia have already done the same thing. To quote a nursery rhyme, Knaves all three.
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Postby jakimbro » Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:04 pm

But of the three - only China stands poised to be the unchallenged superpower in space. Russia self destructed in the 90s. America is in the process of self destruction. China however- unrepently Communist could cou trol the cosmos around Earth. And whoever control the space around Earth effectively controls interplanetary travel for the next century.
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Postby AJRC_CS » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:25 am

I think China was also saying, look at our ballistic missile, if it can hit a satellite in space it can hit America! For a long time a lot of people felt safe in the knowledge that China and North Korea didn't have the launch capabilities to reach mainland America. Well i guess the paranoid nut jobs will be having a fit right about now.

China is the new super power, history has recorded that as one super power fades another will always burst onto the scene to take it's place. With the fastest growing economy in the world, it's been estimated that in less than five years the Chinese economy will outstrip America's in every department. It's military spending will make America's military spending look like loose change. And now with Iraq hemorrhaging money from America and NASA, China will now possibly have a head start in the space race.

And now this. It was speculated on the BBC that China could even use ballistic missiles to shoot down US satellite's if it launched an attack on Taiwan. Troubling times ahead, with the sleeping giant starting to wake up.
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Postby ohlia » Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:04 pm

I believe china is indirectly demonstrating to the USA and the world how powerful and capable she is if she should be attacked or come into conflict. I also believe that this is a warning to the USA to tread cautiously because China is keeping tabs.

If consideration were given to the rest of the world this underhanded, hostile behavior by China would not have taken place. Regardless of what the United Nation and the US says China will continue to develop and test space weapons and anti-satellite systems because she is preparing for war and wants to show her strength.
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Postby Skinjob » Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:52 am

Ohlia, you are right.

I'm hoping that the industrialists in China will eventually control the country. There is a conflict between the industrialists that want China to be a world trade partner in the 21st Century, and the hard line Communists. The hard line Communists are having less and less control of the Chinese government. People hope that this transformation completes before the old hard liners plunge the world into war.

Through a process of assimilation and cooperation, the Chinese industrialists are working with Taiwan on common projects and manufacturing. This brings them closer together and less likely to fight. Only the old hard line Communists are causing trouble, but they are slowly losing as they die out.

But, if the hard liners win, there will be nuclear holocaust in the world.
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Postby AJRC_CS » Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:35 am

Skinjob wrote:But, if the hard liners win, there will be nuclear holocaust in the world.


I very much doubt that. Even the hard line communists of the old Soviet Union didn't want a nuclear war.

If you read the Chinese constitution it clearly states that the Chinese Communist Party will always be the ruling political party of the People's Republic of China. It's like saying the 2nd Amendment of the American constitution is gaining less and less support so it should be abolished. It's BS!

Over two thirds of all the industrial businesses in China are directly owned by the government, or more importantly the communist party. But as with all things communist it has had to change or face stagnation and eventually extinction. To stop the stagnation the communist party changed from socialism to nationalism, overnight they turned their economy from one of peasant farmers to massive industrialists who have the highest grossing output in the world. Mind you China also has the worst eco record, with six of the top ten most eco unfriendly cities in the world. So the Chinese growth comes at a cost we can all feel.

The sleeping giant is waking up, more warnings like this will occur. The world will sit up and listen, we will have no choice.
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Postby Bedford » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:31 pm

I'm not too worried about China

1) there is a growing strand of capitalism, which will make Communism hard to keep up.
2) I have read where there are 118 men to every 100 women in China, and the growing disparity of the sexes could alter things.
3) China is an atheist country, so for them there is no reward in mutual destruction, as they don't believe in 72 virgins.
4) I have no doubt that countries like Australia and Japan can step up to help the USA in curtailing China.

It's not a bad idea to be wary, but I don't sweat them that much.
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Postby Skinjob » Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:26 pm

China is good at doing laundry.
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Postby Bedford » Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:08 am

They also do a great job in creating cute females with some brains. Best of all, you can make love to them an hour after the last time you did so. :teach:
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Postby StVandal » Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:32 am

Bedford wrote:2) I have read where there are 118 men to every 100 women in China, and the growing disparity of the sexes could alter things.

Wow, Bedford.. good calculating. I'm pretty sure if there were 100 billion Chinese women and 1 of you, there'd be a huge surge of lesbianism.

Good luck guys.
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Postby AJRC_CS » Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:00 am

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Postby Bedford » Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:31 pm

Naw, I'd only need a harem of about 10, keeping them away from each other so that their menstrual cycles don't are separate from each other.
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Postby Skinjob » Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:20 pm

I had some pretty good times in Hong Kong. Taiwan was interesting too.
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Postby StVandal » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:02 am

Yeah, good luck on getting even one girl, Bedford.. I think the old East Coast saying applies here: "Are you fucking kidding me?!"
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