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China Says It Opposes Militarization Of Outer Space

Illustration of an XSS-11 operating a low-power lidar. In April the United States Air Force launched an experimental XSS-11 microsatellite able to disrupt reconnaissance and communications satellites.
Beijing (AFP) May 19, 2005
China Thursday said it is opposed to the militarization of space, and supports international legal documents ensuring its peaceful use.

"Space is our shared treasure and we have consistently maintained the need for the peaceful use of space so as to benefit all of mankind," foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan told a regular briefing.

"We are opposed to the militarization of outer space. We support preventive measures, including the adoption of international legal documents to guarantee the peaceful use of outer space," he said.

Kong's remarks came a day after the White House said it was updating its space policy while denying a report that the changes under consideration could lead to the fielding of offensive and defensive weapons in space.

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Washington (AFP) May 18, 2005
The White House said Wednesday that it is not looking at weaponizing space in the face of a newspaper report stating the US Air Force was seeking presidential authority that could lead to such a program.

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