GOOD MORNING FROM LONDON #221 17 MAY 2021
The FT today makes a naive plea for the US + China to put aside strategic rivalries # work together on cooperation in space. “Naive” because the US + China are involved in a Big Power confrontation. The US is #1 today + #2 tomorrow. The US wants to limit, curtail, impede China’s advance because it struggles big time with losing its #1 status. Co-operation in space will happen but will be limited – focusing on space debris + avoidance of orbital collisions.
In addition to Rover On Mars, China, last month, launched the first part of a permanent space station +, as the FT predicts, Beijing will send astronauts to the Moon. China has 150 companies vying to build extra-terrestrial intelligence + services.
Space is no longer “the province of all mankind”. It’s driven by national security concerns + commercial imperatives – Xinjiang+the Uyghurs; Taiwan; S China Sea; Hong Kong; + Belt + Road Initiative – now add Space.
There are two options – Cooperation or Confrontation. The more the US refuses to accept the rise of China, the more every aspect of world contact will be about US/China confrontation