China’s ‘eye-in-the-sky’ nears par with US
Until now analysts have taken an unimaginative view of US-China relations obsessed primarily with economic development, essentially a materialist-dominated analytical foundation.
There is hope that shared need and interest in stability might trump the impulse to supremacy, but this requires a more complicated inquiry into how these two powers should relate
China’s rapidly expanding satellite programme could alter power dynamics in Asia and reduce the US military’s scope for operations in the region, according to new research.
“Starting from almost no live surveillance capability 10 years ago, today the PLA has likely equalled the US’s ability to observe targets from space for some real-time operations,” two of the institute’s China researchers, Eric Hagt and Matthew Durnin, write in the Journal of Strategic Studies.
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China’s rapidly growing military might has unnerved its neighbours, many of whom are US allies, while a series of disputes this year with Vietnam and the Philippines have added to the concerns.