China shoots down a satellite

– This is an interesting story because it shows that the geopolitical balance of power is shifting.  China, for some years now, has been pouring much of its trade surplus money into upgrading its military.  The US has largely ‘owned’ the high ground of space and that’s a potent factor in any potential future conflict.  China’s new-found ability to bring satellites down, shows that its ability as a first rate military power is growing and that the US advantage in space is eroding.  This blog makes no judgments of on the rightness or wrongness of these changes – indeed, there is none – change has always and will always happen.   But, large shifts of power in the world have seldom been accomplished smoothly and for those attuned to the Perfect Storm Hypothesis, these changes are food for thought.

– I’ve pulled stories on this from five different publications and they are all here: , , , and

– The text from below is from the BBC but I could have chosen any of the sources.   Altogether, they make for a thoughtful read. 

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Concern over China’s missile test (BBC News)

China is facing international criticism over a weapons test it reportedly carried out in space last week. Japan has expressed concern, as have the US and Australia.

It is thought that the Chinese used a ground-based medium-range ballistic missile to destroy a weather satellite that had been launched in 1999.

Correspondents say this is the first known satellite intercept test for more than 20 years. China’s foreign ministry refused to confirm or deny the report.

While the technology is not new, it does underline the growing capabilities of China’s armed forces, according to the BBC’s Dan Griffiths in Beijing.

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