China’s space program aims to defeat the United States
The “space race” between the United States and China represents one dimension of the current cold war between the two superpowers. The two countries’ national space programs are comprehensive in scope, spanning the entire scientific spectrum. Both America and China are focused on achieving amazing space achievements to influence the world about the superpower that will inherit the future. Each competitor seeks to be the first to succeed in getting a human being to the surface of Mars.
In an analysis published by the American Gatestone Research Institute website, American strategic analyst Lawrence Franklin said that what is more important than achieving amazing achievements in space is the question of which of the two countries will achieve military dominance in near-Earth space. The international Chinese media deceives the world by emphasizing the peaceful, cooperative and scientific nature of the Chinese space programme. However, the ambitious nature of the Chinese space program shows that Beijing’s main goal is to dominate near-Earth space.
The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party are well aware of the advantages that US space systems give US forces in combat operations. US satellites that collect and transmit data have proven invaluable to US units deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and to Special Operations forces targeting terrorists around the world.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has recognized the great value of US intelligence gathering from space to Ukrainian forces fighting invading Russian forces.
Dr. Lawrence Franklin, who was responsible for the Office of Iranian Affairs during the era of the late US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, said that in this context, there is a strategic goal for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, which is to spread the “Beidou” satellite network in space to equal the “eyes and ears” of the United States. United in the sky. The commander of the Western Military Theater of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will be able to deploy Beidou satellites to monitor the deployment of forces
The Indian army along the long and tense Sino-Indian border. The Chinese claim their sovereignty over large segments of these borders as their lands, and China threatens to invade them, as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army did in 1962 and in 2020 and 2021.
The CCP’s Central Military Commission also uses its space systems to maintain strong control over Chinese military assets.
The leaders of the Party and the People’s Liberation Army in China’s eastern military theater can use space systems to order Chinese regional leaders to adopt more aggressive rules of engagement than usual, against the sovereignty rights of many neighboring countries, especially in the waters and islands of the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
Franklin believes that the Central Military Commission of the Chinese Communist Party aims to use its space systems to win a war against the United States in the western Pacific region, where clashes between the two superpowers are likely to occur. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is openly preparing for war, especially in areas where China’s territorial and water claims are illegal and overbearing. The aggressive nature of China’s space program is particularly evident in its anti-satellite projects. One of China’s anti-satellite programs includes a maneuverable satellite that can be stationed within close range of American and allied satellites.
The proximity of these Chinese anti-satellite vehicles clearly reveals the mission of weakening or hindering the intelligence collection and transmission of US systems. Another anti-satellite project includes a grapple-containing satellite designed to grab US satellites as an immediate precursor to war.
Beijing plans to win a war in space as part of its overall stated goal to replace the United States as the dominant power on Earth. One assessment estimates that 84 percent of Chinese launches are military in nature, which indicates that the Chinese Communist Party may be intent on becoming the only remaining superpower.
Some commentators point to China’s plan to catch up and eventually surpass America’s space achievements. Space infrastructure is another measuring factor to determine the serious commitment of the two superpowers to be able to fight a war using the distance of near-Earth space. The United States owns seven spaceports, while China owns four, and the two countries have announced detailed plans to expand existing infrastructure. The number of launches in 2021 is a clearer indication that China is a determined adversary making progress.
In 2021, the United States carried out 51 launches from its spaceports, compared to China carrying out 55 launches.
Dr. Franklin pointed out that Beijing is currently building a model of a lunar research station in cooperation with Russia and Venezuela. China also plans to send a team of astronauts to the moon by 2030. To achieve the moon mission, the Chinese space agency has to develop bigger rockets, which have more thrust. Therefore, work continues on China’s development of the “Long March 9” missile. It is no coincidence that China aims to reach space parity with the United States by 2030. Even the Pentagon believes that China will surpass American capabilities in space by 2045. Over the next few decades, China will undoubtedly make every effort to achieve supremacy. in near-earth space.
American analyst Lawrence Franklin concluded his analysis by saying that it is time for the United States to increase rather than reduce its defense budget, deploy weapons in Taiwan for deterrence, and get serious about recognizing the Chinese Communist Party, led by President Xi Jinping, not as a competitor, but as a tough opponent.