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Chinese Missile Destroys Satellite


January 19, 2007

China has conducted an anti-satellite weapons test in which an old Chinese weather satellite was destroyed by a balistic missile. The Chinese authorities have not confirmed a US report that it blew up one of its own aged weather satellites last Thursday with a ballistic missile fired from the Xichang space centre in Sichuan province.

There is stony silence on the subject in the Chinese media today as concern grows in the US and in the region about the prospect of an arms race in space.

If the test is confirmed, China will become the third country after the United States and the former Soviet Union to shoot down an object in space, indicating the Asian power could target satellites operated by other nations.

The United States, Japan, Australia and a host of other countries voiced concern on Friday.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yasuhisa Shiozaki, said his government had asked China for confirmation, and for an explanation of what its intentions were.

“We are concerned about it firstly from the point of view of peaceful use of space, and secondly from the safety perspective,” Mr Shiozaki said.

Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the American National Security Council, said the US “believes China’s development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of co-operation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area”.

Alexander Downer, Australia's foreign minister, said his country did not want to see “some sort of spread, if you like, of an arms race into outer space”.

Taro Aso, the Japanese foreign minister, said the Chinese had sought to reassure Japan its intentions in space were of no threat to anyone.

“China consistently uses space only for peaceful purposes,” Mr Aso quoted the Chinese foreign ministry as saying.

The comments fit with the ruling Communist Party’s mantra in recent years that the nation’s rise as a world superpower should not be feared.

China joined the exclusive club of top space nations in 2003 when it sent up its first manned mission, joining the United States and Russia.

China spends 500 million dollars a year on its space programmes, according to official figures, while NASA’s proposed budget for 2007 is nearly 17 billion dollars.

But the United States has consistently deflected Chinese advances for closer cooperation on the two nations’ space programmes because of concerns about the involvement of China’s military.

A Chinese government defence paper released last month said that its defence expenditure had grown by more than 15 percent every year since 1990.


Article Opinions

Todd Gilmore wrote:

Big deal...they took out one of their own space satelites using one of their missiles. It's not like they intended to use it to kill thousands of people. Only the media could blow something like this up.
Posted on 01/19/07 12:37:46

Robert Stephens wrote:

Bull...these communist bastards have been antagonising the U.S. for years, they have doubled thier millitary strength in the past years, stood beside Iran, and North Korea when the world tries to make progress. I think they want a war, so lets give it to them. I mean America has lost it's place because of the citizens, yeah it's tragic, when a soldier, Sailor, or Marine dies, but that is there job. To defend freedom no matter what. in WW2 we were attacked on even a smaller scale than 9/11, and we kicked the ass of everyone who dared threaten us, now we back down when we lose a few thousand. I say bring it on to China, Iran, Venezuala, Cuba, and anyone else who wants some. of corse well lose men, and its sad, but we have to take a stand, if you like saying what you want, and all the other freedoms we take for granted, because if we look weak for any longer there will be troops outside your door, and they want be speaking English
Posted on 01/19/07 13:48:53

Angry latino wrote:

china is doing what any other country will do , test there limits,personaly its blown out of text but i do agree on your comment about venezuela and cuba Robert, Chaves got to go he is playing with fier and the venezuelian people are going to suffer, he thinks he is god now, just cuz the petrodollars, come on USA, we got ot do what we got to do.!!!!!!!!
Posted on 01/19/07 14:36:33

Astrolopitec wrote:

Yeah !
Let's replace Chaves by some tinpot dictator that will allow us to siphon all their oil !
Posted on 01/19/07 18:02:23

KDJA,E2,12B wrote:

todd, robert, latino, & astro -

YOU ALL NEED SOME SERIOUS EDUCATION ON THE SPECIFICS, PARTICIPANTS, INNER WORKINGS AND AFFILIATES OF MATTERS LIKE THESE.WHY DON'T YOU TRY JOINING?! I'M QUITE SURE YOU'LL LEARN SOME THINGS THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW.
Posted on 01/19/07 19:33:13

John wrote:

They are obviosly making threats against our own military. They are developing better weapons every day eventually they might be able to contend with our military and if that happens then who has the most men will be thereason either side wins and they have the numbers easily. We must stop them. And another major problem is that they breaking international law. No weapons can be put into space or orbit.
Posted on 01/20/07 17:28:47

asian gerbil wrote:

ROBERT STEPHENS and racist idiots like him shows the racist whites, blacks and other CHINESE/FILIPINO hating scum that lives in the U.S. hooray for the chinese, MY RACE!
i am sick as an AMERICAN hearing nothing but racist evil crap by racist americans and government officials throughout the history of the KKK and black panther and racist hispanics and most of all muslims. GOOD FOR CHINA AND THEIR REPRESENTATION OF ASIAN TECHNOLOGY. screw the japanese whom the some in the u.s. that are racist and don't know WORLD HISTORY of what the imperial japnaese did in geneociding millions of chinese, vietnames, filipinos, guamanians, koreans etc.
IDIOTS LIKE ROBERT STEPHENS AND RACISTS LIKE HIM AND THOSE WHO SUPPOR THE ANTI-CHINESE MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT PROGRESS shows it it you MORONS who are the real DICTATORS AND THREAT TO THE WORLD. You don't like the fact that NON WHITE ASIAN COUNTRIES ARE PROGRESSING AND ADVANCING.
You steal our martial arts and our inventions and continuously DISCRIMINATE towards chinese, filipino,vietenamese and koreans who were OPPRESSED BY THE JAPANESE, YET YOU SUPPOR THE JAPANESE OVER ANY OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES....SCREW YOU MORONS WHO DON'T CRAP ABOUT THE REAL PERPRETRATORS AND THREAT.
It is good for the world that CHINA IS A SUPERPOWER, AN "ASIAN" SUPERPOWER, rather than WHITE ONLY SUPERPOWER OR ANY OTHER RACE. I am sick and tired of you ANTI CHINESE EVIL/RACIST PEOPLE!
Posted on 01/21/07 03:55:31

asian gerbil wrote:

I CAN TELL "JOHN" IS A TYPICAL RACIST KKK WHITE BOY AND STEPHEN RACIST MORONS.
WE ASIANS, PARTICULARLY CHINESE AND FILIPINOS, KOREANS AND VIETNAMESE ARE SUPERIOR IN FIGHTING. MANY OF US ASIAN AMERICANS ARE FED UP WITH YOUR RACISM TOWARDS OUR RACES WHILE YOU MORONS SUPPORT THE VERY PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO EXTERMINATE CHINESE, FILIPINOS, KOREANS AND VIETNAMESE...
YOUR DICTATORS THE "JAPANESE" AND THE NAZI'S!

IT'S ABOUT TIME "CHINA" STANDS UP TO THE RACIST MUSLIM, WHITEMAN, BLACKS AND HISPANICS AND JAPANESE WHO IN THIS COUNTRY
CONSTANTLY "DISCRIMINATE" CHINESE, FILIPINO, KOREAN, VIETNAMESE AMERICANS...

LET ME SEE NOW...THE RACIST WHITES THAT ARE IN THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. ATTACKED THE PHILIPPINES IN 1902, ATTACKED THE CHINESE/KOREANS IN 1951 IN THE KOREAN WAR(you idiots, it's not the chinese or koreans who WENT TO THE U.S. BORDER like the MEXICANS are doing now INVADING THE U.S.?)
WHO WENT TO VIETNAM AND ATTACKED THE NORTH VIETNAMESE WHEN THERE WAS A "CIVIL WAR" AMONG VIETNAMESE AND LAOTIANS?

YOU DON'T SEE CHINA, INDIA, KOREA, VIETNAM OR THE PHILIPPINES "INTERFERING WITH THE U.S. CIVIL WAR, OR FOR YOU MEXICANS, SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR OR FOR YOU BLACKS, ANY AFRICAN CIVIL WARS...
But you racist anti-asian PRO IMPERIAL JAPANESE MORONS go out of your way TO BASH CHINA FOR IT'S PROGRESS.
CHINA HAS SUPERIOR FIGHTING POWER WHICH IS GOOD FOR MOST ASIANS! AND FOR ASIAN AMERICANS SO WE ARE NO LONGER OPPRESSED AND USED AS "SECOND CLASS CITIZENS!"
LOOK WHAT YOU IDIOTS DID TO THE CHINESE WHO BUILT THE RAILROADS HERE IN THE U.S. AND WERE ENSLAVED AND DISCRIMINATED AGAINST ALONG WITH FILIPINOS AND OTHER NON JAPANESE ASIANS.
Today most ASIAN non japenese AMERICAN CITIIZENS HAVE BEEN GIVEN VERY FEW RIGHTS BY THE RACISTS JUDICIAL AND LEGAL SYSTEM IN THE U.S.
ASIANS THAT ARE NON JAPANESE HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY WHITES, BLACKS AND HISPANICS THROUGHOUT U.S. HISTORY FAR MORE THAN WHAT BLACKS CLAIM IN THEIR SO CALLED SLAVERY!

GOOD FOR CHINA, THEY REPRESENT MOST ASIANS FOR ADVANCING IN TECHNOLOGY AND MILITARY....

FOR YOU IDIOTS IN THE U.S.,
THE THREAT TO THE U.S. IS NEVER CHINA OR ANY ASIAN COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE JAPANESE...
MUSLIMS ARE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE U.S., MEXICANS, RACIST BLACKS LIKE THE NATION OF ISLAM AND PANTHERS INCLUDING THE KKK TYPES AND NEO NAZI TYPES AND THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT!

STOP PICKING AND DISCRIMINATING THE MUCH DISCRIMINATED CHINESE YOU MORONS AND COWARDS!
Posted on 01/21/07 04:09:23

asian gerbil wrote:

robert stephens, AND THIS JOHN, the NAZIS...

BEFORE talking and spurting LOTS OF LIES about CHINA,
why not look at your NEIHBORHOOD AND THE INVASION OF "ILLEGAL MEXICANS" AND RACISM BY RACIST BLACKS AND
MUSLIMS TRYING TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION AND ELECTING A MUSLIM CONGRESSMAN AND THE U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN A U.S. HATING AMERICAN MURDERING "MIDDLE EAST" BY ARABS, EGYPTIANS, SYRIANS, IRANIANS, IRAQIANS, JORANIANS, PAKISTANI, AFGHANI

AND THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT AND ILLEGAL MEXICANS DESTROYING OUR FABRIC IN OUR SOCIETY AND WITH THE IDIOTS AND RACIST AMONG THE POLITICIANS AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM

SIDING AND GIVING FAVORITISM TO THE VERY PEOPLE WHO "HATE THE U.S. AND IT'S VALUES"

YET IDIOTS LIKE YOU PEOPLE BLAME THE CHINESE AND OTHER ASIANS WHO ARE "HELPING" THE U.S. PROGRESS...BUNCH OF MORONS YOU PEOPLE ARE. REMEMBER TO HAVE AN EDUCATED AND HAVE "FACT" BASED POST INSTEAD OF SPURTING OUR YOUR "TRUE COLORS" WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC AND WORST OF ALL, MUSLIM RACISM TOWARDS
GOOD PEOPLE THE CHINESE AND OTHER ASIANS.
YOU SHOULD BE CRITICIZING "JAPAN" OF ALL ASIAN COUNTRIES YOU MORONS!
THE JAPANESE BUTCHERED EVERYBODY AND EVEN TODAY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT IS BUYING OFF YOUR GRANDPARENTS LAND AND INFLUENCING THE CONTROL OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY
LIKE WHAT THE YOUR BUDDIES
THE "SAUDIS" WHO WANTS WESTERN CIVILIZATION "DESTROYED" IN THE NAME OF ISLAM AND THE KORAN AND ENFORCE THE SHARIA LAW, THE MOST OPPRESSIVE WAY OF LIFE EVER DEVISED WORST THAN NAZIISM AND JAPANESE IMPERIALISM...
AND MORONS LIKE YOU AREN'T SHOWING YOUR ANGER TOWARDS THEM AND TAKING IT OUT ON A WONDERFUL RACE,CULTURE AND NATION CALLED CHINA WHO IS THOUSANDS YEARS MORE MATURE
AND ADVANCE THAN THE "RACIST" IDIOTS RUNNING THE CURRENT U.S.
GOVERNMENT!

GO CHINA! I'M A PROUD AMERICAN...
CHINA IS A GREAT COUNTRY AND IF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND THE IDIOTS IN THE U.S. WHO ARE RACISTS LIKE YOU PEOPLE WERE SMART, WOULD MAKE THEM "TRUE ALLIES LIKE WORLD WAR 2 GENERATION" INSTEAD OF MAKING ALLIES TOWARDS "MUSLIM COUNTRIES" AND THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT WHO VIOLATE OUR LAWS WITH IMPUNITY AND WANT TO FORCE THEIR SCREWED UP RELIGIONS AND GOVERNMENT DOWN OUR FACES...
YOU PEOPLE WHO ARE ANTI CHINESE ARE TOTAL "IDIOTS!"
Posted on 01/21/07 04:24:54

Rodney Shaw wrote:

What would have happened if the Chinese had missed their satellite target? How high was the spent technology? Do the Chinese have others in space also aging? How close was it to any other earth monitoring device? Too many questions are unanswered to comment fully.
Posted on 01/21/07 11:54:52

Crazeal wrote:

Chinese PLA is very strong,take care Uncle Tom.Don't walk too far on the issue of Taiwan.
--a officer of PLA
Posted on 01/21/07 18:50:47

idk wrote:

hmmm chinese got my stumped lets just blow them up :D
Posted on 01/21/07 22:41:09

robert hodges wrote:

HEY ASIAN GERBIL!!! IF IT WERENT FOR THE U.S. YOUR GRANDPARENTS WOULD'VE BEEN SPEAKING JAPANESE SINCE THE 19 40'S. YEAH, YOU DONT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE U.S. ACTUALL HELPED YOU. LETS SEE WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT. I'M SURE YOU'LL COME UP WITH SOME KIND OF SMOOTH TALK. YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'S RACIST. PUTTING DOWN WHITE AND BLACK MEN.
Posted on 01/28/07 20:58:05

Anonymous wrote:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12); ---> NOT AN OPINION, JUST A FACT.
Posted on 08/08/08 11:39:41

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