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U.S. Report Warns of China's Space Activities
China's increasing space operations could provide the nation with another tool for fending off U.S. efforts to use military power to preserve the autonomy of Taiwan, Reuters quoted a new report as saying (see GSN, May 26, 2010).
Beijing considers the self-governed island to be Chinese territory and has threatened armed action to defeat a bid for full Taiwanese independence. Washington is a major provider of military support for Taipei; U.S. legislation approved in 1979 said any act of aggression toward Taiwan would be "a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of great concern to the United States" (see GSN, April 6).
"Taiwan remains the principle illustrative scenario guiding the [Chinese People's Liberation Army's] military ambitions in space," the Project 2049 Institute said.
One danger is that a growing number of Chinese orbiters with surveillance and other capabilities could monitor the movement of U.S. aircraft carriers or other "intervening U.S. forces" attempting to protect Taiwan, according to the report delivered to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Those U.S. military elements could then be targeted by Beijing's new antiship ballistic missiles (see GSN, March 19; Jim Wolf, Reuters, April 27).
Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region: Report Prepared for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians, and Publics
April 3, 2013
This report is the result of a Track II dialogue including distinguished former senior political leaders, senior military officers, defence officials, and security experts from Europe, Russia, and the United States.
April 2, 2013
An op-ed in The International Herald Tribune urging today's leaders to move decisively and permanently toward a new security strategy in the Euro-Atlantic region.
This article provides an overview of Taiwan’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.