Chinese Counterspace Intentions
Final rept. Aug-Dec 2008
GLOBAL INNOVATION AND STRATEGY CENTER OMAHA NE INTERN PROGRAM
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This report details Chinese perceptions about space warfare and U.S. space policy. While China lacks a published space policy outlining the guiding principles of the Chinese space program, Chinese scholars and leaders make their opinions about space warfare very public. Reports of Chinas burgeoning space weapons capabilities, as well as traditional Chinese military doctrine, conflict with the efforts of Chinese leaders to articulate a peaceful Chinese approach to outer space. Alternatively, the Chinese perceive the United States space policies to be unilateral and aggressive. Many Chinese leaders have concluded that the U.S. seeks to dominate space. The Chinese see themselves not as a rising power, but as a country returning to a rich cultural history of power and prestige. This strong sense of nationalism and culturalism impacts Chinese decision-making. It is also essential to understand the importance of long-term relationships and trust-building within the Chinese people, as the style of Western negotiation common in the U.S. could backfire and prevent cooperation.
- Government and Political Science
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry