Beijing Says It Is Interested in Further Development of Strategic Cooperation With Russia in Space

November 27, 2019 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Monday at a press conference in Moscow that Beijing is interested in further strategic cooperation with Russia in the space industry, noting that NATO’s recent remarks on recognizing space as the alliance’s operational domain represent a ‘very dangerous phenomenon’.

‘I think this is a very dangerous phenomenon on the part of NATO. We have always firmly opposed the deployment of weapons in outer space and the development of an arms race in space. That is why we, together with Russia, proposed the initiative to negotiate arms control in outer space and sign a relevant international document’, Le pointed out.

The Vice Foreign Minister stressed that Washington rejected China and Russia’s proposals and pointed out that it was necessary to prevent space from becoming a new battlefield and for Beijing to further cooperate with Moscow in this regard…”  (Jesus said: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh– “ Luke 21:25 – 28.   See the next two reports.)

NATO recognises space as a new operational domain says Stoltenberg

November 22, 2019 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has identified space as an operational domain, alongside air, land, sea and cyber area, the alliance’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, said.

‘We have agreed that space should be a new operational domain for NATO alongside air, land, sea and cyber. Space is part of our daily life here on Earth. It can be used for peaceful purposes. But it can be also used aggressively’, Stoltenberg told a news conference on the results of the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

The alliance’s chief continued by explaining that satellites could be jammed, hacked or weaponized, which could lead to disrupted communications and affect various services and areas.

Moreover, space was essential to NATO’s defence and deterrence, such as the alliance’s ability to detect missile launches and gather intelligence, Stoltenberg argued.

Stoltenberg emphasized that NATO remained a defensive alliance and did not intend to put weapons in space, acting in line with international law.

‘Making space an operational domain will help us ensure that all aspects are taken into account to ensure the success of our missions’, the NATO chief noted…”

Is the U.S. bracing for a space war with Russia and China?

November 13, 2019 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “In July, the Russian Defence Ministry lambasted American plans to use space as a theatre of war, condemning Washington for its refusal to engage in the Moscow-Beijing talks on the non-deployment of weapons in space.

The US intelligence community (IC) plans to update its assessment of what it described as the space warfare capabilities of Russia and China, Bloomberg reports.

The news outlet cited Air Force spokeswoman Christina Hoggatt as saying that the National Intelligence Estimate on the matter is ‘being worked [out] by the IC at this time.’

The updated intelligence estimate will be used by the new US Space Command ‘alongside current operations and critical information from our international, civil, and commercial partnerships, to identify and drive’ future ‘training and acquisition requirements,’ she said.

Bloomberg cited an annual report of the congressionally mandated US-China Economic and Security Review Commission as claiming that China ‘views space as a critical US military and economic vulnerability and has fielded an array of direct-ascent, cyber, electromagnetic and co-orbital counter-space weapons capable of targeting nearly every class of US space asset.’…”