China’s evolving space capabilities

Implications for US interests

Authored by: Mark Stokes , Ian Easton

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415855433
eBook ISBN: 9781315712970
Adobe ISBN: 9781317496557

10.4324/9781315712970.ch21

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Abstract

The PRC is emerging as a world leader in space. Managed by a diverse set of military and civilian organizations, Chinese political authorities view space power as one element of a broader international competition in comprehensive strength and science and technology (S&T). With preservation of its monopoly on power as an overriding goal, the CCP consolidates its legitimacy through achievements in space. Adopting an integrated civilian and military perspective in its plans and programs, PRC investment in space technology supports economic development and advances national defense modernization. Successes in space symbolize the emergence of the PRC as a world power. How China intends to leverage its newfound power remains uncertain.

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