If the United States continues to exploit the obvious military advantages of space and China feels compelled to respond, a space race seems inevitable. It is inevitable because both countries recognize that space can provide advantages, or at least avoid disadvantages, regarding the other. Space may inevitably make China the third man in the fourth battlefield.
“Houston, We Have a Problem”: China and the Race to Space
Joan Johnson-Freese is the chair of the Naval War College's National Security Decision-Making Department. Her publications include The Chinese Space Program: A Mystery within a Maze (Malabar, Fla.: Krieger, 1998). The views expressed here are the author's alone. This article is adapted from a longer essay that appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of the Naval War College Review.
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Joan Johnson-Freese; “Houston, We Have a Problem”: China and the Race to Space. Current History 1 September 2003; 102 (665): 259–265. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2003.102.665.259
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