China’s space programs: not for the future good of humanity

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China has been extremely ambitious since the communist party came to power in 1949. In the pretext of nationalism and patriotism, China has never stopped research and development in its space programs even when its country men were under severe economic difficulties.

Take its Long March Series. China has recently developed smaller rockets, the Long March 6, Long March 7 and Long March 11, and has plans to make its Long March 8 booster reusable. A super-heavy-lift Long March 9 booster is also in the works.

There is no doubt that the country has achieved remarkable accomplishments in space, unfortunately not for the well-being of humanity, but for many vicious ambitions far more than military dominance.

Last week, the China National Space Administration launched its 300th Long March rocket mission, successfully placing the new communications satellite ChinaSat 6C into orbit. The mission launched March 10 atop a Long March 3B rocket that lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province.

“This is a milestone for China’s space industry development,” said Wu Yansheng, board chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), in a CASC statement.

According to CASC, China is planning a solar power play in space and is near completion of a man-made sun. By self-reliance and stealing technology from western powers, China is in a leading position in related field.

Science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov is credited with bringing the idea of space-based solar power projects to prominence in 1941.

Space stations and satellites already use solar panel arrays for their power needs, but NASA abandoned the concept of stand-alone space solar after some study decades ago.

The idea of building renewable-energy projects in space to beam the sun’s energy back to Earth is controversial but could fundamentally reshape the way every person and business on the planet receive electricity.

Besides the man-made sun, China is building the man-made moon and is already the first country to send its satellite to the darker side of the moon.

There is no doubt that China and the US are locked in a crucial battle for space domination. And The US is worried about China’s military ambitions in controlling the outer space.

Fifty years after the first moon landing, an American triumph that gripped the world, China marked the start of 2019 with its own lunar achievement. Chang’e-4, a Chinese probe, landed on the far side of the moon in early January, broadcasting – for the first time in human history – images of the cratered surface that faces away from Earth.

Chang’e-4 has been billed as a friendly explorer, the latest step in humanity’s mission to better understand and exploit the universe around us. But space exploration has always been about power. Beijing’s lunar feat represents the latest development in the space race between China and the United States – a conflict that will be “important to modern warfare,” according to a US Defense Intelligence Agency report released in January that identified China as a “threat”. The Chinese foreign ministry responded by calling the report “reckless” and “totally groundless,” insisting that China “opposes militarisation and an arms race in space.”

China knows America’s greatest military weakness and is planning to exploit it, as a DIA report reveals.

The report on the potential ambush against American satellites was released last month, and discusses other kinds of weaponry that may be being sent skyward from launch pads in the Middle Kingdom.

“China is employing more sophisticated satellite operations and probably is testing dual-use technologies that could be applied to counterspace missions,” the DIA report read.

In 2015, President Xi Jinping declared that space exploration would be “an important growth point for our military”. Xi’s statement was prompted by the establishment of the Strategic Support Force (SSF) in the People’s Liberation Army, which brings together the military’s space, cyber, and electronic warfare capabilities – a structure unmatched in the west.

“Beijing’s space strategy is part of a comprehensive plan to expand its power,” says lieutenant colonel Audricia Harris of the US Army.

One of the key assets of the SSF is China’s domestic satellite navigation system, Beidou. With 43 satellites already in orbit providing global coverage, Beidou, which translates as ‘Big Dipper’, is China’s alternative to GPS. Beijing plans to launch 11 more Beidou satellites in 2019, while GPS only has 33.

“These advances in Beidou mitigate China’s previous dependence upon GPS, which was seen as a potential vulnerability,” says Kania. Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor at the US Naval War College, also notes that “the majority of space technology is dual use, meaning of value to both the military and civil communities”.

In the domain of what China calls “informatised warfare” – battles fought over the acquisition, transmission, and use of information – satellites are pivotal.

A 2018 report to the US Congress on China’s military developments warned that US satellites were likely to be targeted by the Chinese in the event of a conflict, in an attempt to “blind and deafen the enemy”. China sees this method as a “key components of conducting modern warfare,” says Harris.

The Wandering Earth, a science fiction produced by China, is a blockbuster to audiences around the world. Except for entertainment, we don’t take science fictions seriously.

In decades, China’s technological ambitions have become astronomical, both literally and metaphorically.

If communism continues in China and is going to dominate the world, the earth will surely be brought into destruction in near future and human fleeing the earth will become reality.

By Winnie Troppie

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