NATO allies see danger from China and Russia in space

NATO allies see danger from China and Russia in space


China’s space program has emerged as a source of anxiety for a NATO alliance already alarmed by Russia’s reputed interest in placing nuclear weapons in orbit.

“We are concerned by developments in the PRC’s space capabilities and activities,” NATO declared in the Washington Summit Declaration, a joint statement adopted during the NATO summit in Washington, D.C. “We call on the PRC to support international efforts to promote responsible space behavior. The PRC continues to rapidly expand and diversify its nuclear arsenal with more warheads and a larger number of sophisticated delivery systems.”

Those statements represent a substantial shift in tone from just a few years ago when a spare reference to the “opportunities and challenges” presented by China marked the alliance’s first mention of the communist regime

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