Space will increasing become a theatre of war as technology of the super powers porgresses. In what state media called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others, China’s President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability. While Beijing insists its space program is for peaceful purposes, a Pentagon report last year highlighted China’s increasing space capabilities and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis.

Fears of a space arms race with the United States and other powers mounted after China blew up one of its own weather satellites with a ground-based missile in January 2007.

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