Amid reports on January 7 that Beijing is preparing to carry out another anti-satellite weapons test, state media said China has the right to conduct the test because the technology represents a “trump card” against American power.
In both 2007 and 2010, Beijing carried out anti-satellite weapons tests, and some U.S. analysts suspect that the next test will see China aiming for higher altitudes than in the previous ones—targeting an object around 12,000 miles above Earth’s surface. A report on Space.com said a test at such a level would place the constellation of America’s Global Positioning System (GPS) at risk.
China’s state-run Global Times said Washington’s worries that the test could damage the U.S.’s GPS are “over blown,” but fell short of any real reassurances, saying only that the test would “not strike down satellites, but invalidate them.”
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