NASA chief warns of Chinese military presence in space

Voice of America News reports: “China is bolstering its space capabilities and is using its civilian program to mask its military objectives, the head of the U.S. space agency said Wednesday, warning that Washington must remain vigilant.

‘China has made extraordinary strides especially in the last 10 years, but they are very, very secretive,’ NASA administrator Bill Nelson told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

‘We believe that a lot of their so-called civilian space program is a military program. And I think, in effect, we are in a race,’ Nelson said.

He said he hoped Beijing would ‘come to its senses and understand that civilian space is for peaceful uses,’ but added: ‘We have not seen that demonstrated by China.’

Nelson’s comment came as he testified before the House Appropriations Committee on NASA’s budget for fiscal 2025…”

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