China denies ‘Moon takeover’ plans
Foreign ministry spokesman accuses NASA administrator of ‘irresponsible smear’
Beijing rejected the claims of US space chiefs that China may be considering a partnership. “takeover”Washington accused of trying to make space a commercial enterprise and used the Moon in its military space program. “warfighting domain.”
In an interview, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated to Bild that the world needs to be safe. “must be very concerned”China potential “landing on the moon and saying: ‘It’s ours now and you stay out’”.
Zhao Lijian (spokesman for China’s foreign ministry) responded to Monday’s accusations by saying, “This was not my intention.” “not the first time that the head of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration has ignored the facts and spoken irresponsibly about China.”
“The US side has constantly constructed a smear campaign against China’s normal and reasonable outer space endeavors, and China firmly opposes such irresponsible remarks,”He added that China had always opposed weaponization and promoted the shared future for humanity in outer space.
China firmly rejects NASA administrator’s irresponsible remarks to misrepresent China’s space endeavors.https://t.co/HlDVoWRrjh
— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) July 4, 2022
When asked to clarify what military purposes China could be pursuing in space, Nelson said that Chinese astronauts are learning how to destroy other countries’ satellites, and claimed that the competition for the south pole of the Moon would be especially intense. He also said that by 2035 Beijing might finish construction of its own Moon station and start experiments a year later.
The 79-year-old NASA chief has long been a tough critic of China’s ambitious space program, despite Beijing’s assurances that it has purely peaceful purposes. He accused Beijing of not cooperating with the US, and hiding important data. This despite the Wolf Amendment which prohibits NASA’s direct collaboration with Chinese scientists.
While defending China’s space program, Zhao claimed the US had its own “dirty record”Space junk creation, space weapon development, inciting arms race and openly declaring outerspace as an opportunity for war, “operational frontier”You can also find out more about a “warfighting domain.”