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2016.10.18 (Tue) Print

China’s Dual Use Space Program

    

Mr. Richard D. Fisher Jr.

     On October 14, 2016, Ms. Yoshiko Sakurai, President of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF) and Planning Committee Member, held the JINF weekly Friday conference, then Mr. R. D. Fisher, Senior Fellow, International Assessment and Strategy Center, gave us a briefing as a guest speaker and discussed with us about China’s dual use space program and security issue. Mr. Fisher is also author of "China's Military Modernization: Building for Regional and Global Reach" (Praeger, 2008).

     He pointed out at first, that China is seeking hegemony in the Asian region and in the same time, is developing the means for great power projection in space, because space is the high ground from which it can potentially dominate anything that happens on Earth. So he warns that all countries concerned about their security should pay more attention about china’s activities in space. Also he mentioned that China’s space program is controlled by the People’s Liberation Army. Secondary, he showed the new space launch base on Hainan Island, and this base is one of the reasons why China wants to control the South China Sea. In addition, he commented CASC and CASIC, China’s Aerospace Industry Company, which develops Space Launch Vehicles serving as possible global strike platforms. Lastly he touched on the other matter regarding space technologies like surveillance satellites, space station, moon station, laser artillery for space combat, and so on.

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