Congress recently issued a report explaining that China is developing space technologies to block U.S. military communications. According to the Bloomberg article, the program is part of China’s President Xi Jingping’s “China Dream” strategy of strengthening national power and reshaping the Asia-Pacific political environment into one in which its interest are given greater attention.
China’s goal is to become a space power to the extent of the United States and to develop its space industry equal to those in the U.S., Europe, and Russia. This has negative-sum consequences for U.S. military security, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation said in the report. Further, the U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission explained China’s development of space technologies will allow it to more effectively wield international power.
President Obama requested for a 7.7 percent increase to $534.3 billion in the Defense Department budget. Top U.S. intelligence officials warned last week that China’s space program threatens U.S. military communications. Moreover, if China sticks to its space program, by 2030 it will have a new line of advanced launch vehicles, a robust, space-based command and control network and more capable electronic intelligence communication satellites, the report said.