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US Air Force secretary warns of China’s military ambitions in space

US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall warned on September 20 about China’s growing military threats, including from space.

“While America is still the dominant military power on the planet today, we are being challenged militarily more effectively than at any time in our history,” he said in a speech at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber ​​Conference. said during us Air Force.

Kendall became the 26th Secretary of the Air Force in July after being ratified by the Senate. He replaced John Roth, who had been acting Secretary of the Air Force since January 20.

“So what do I intend now that I have this job? At breakfast on Capitol Hill shortly after I was sworn in, Sen. John Tester asked me what my priorities were. My answer was that I had three: China, China and China,” Kendall said.

Kendall expressed concern about how China has accelerated its pace of modernization of its military.

“I have had the opportunity to gain intelligence about China’s modernization programs. If anything, China has accelerated its pace of modernization, and has taken it in some disturbing directions,” he explained.

According to Space News, Kendall said China’s modernization effort includes hypersonic missiles, long-range precision-guided warfare and space and cyber weapons.

Additionally, he said there was “strong evidence” that Beijing wanted to develop silo-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and satellite-guided weapons to hit targets on Earth and in space, according to SpaceNews.

Space News reported that Kendall also indicated that China may be pursuing an older concept called a “partial orbital bombardment system” to advance its space weapons.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed a system for launching missiles with nuclear warheads into low Earth orbits before flying them to hit targets in the United States.

Brandon Weichert, author of “Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower,” previously told The Epoch Times’ sister media NTD how China intends to “finish or blind our satellite” in a space war with the United States.

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Weichert pointed to two Chinese space technologies that could cripple US satellites. First, he said a giant robotic arm – 10 meters long that can lift objects weighing up to 20 tons according to Chinese state-run media – is attached to the Chinese space station and poses a serious threat.

According to Weichert, another Chinese technology that poses a threat to US satellites is lasers.

He explained, “Now, they [China] Let’s say that in peacetime, lasers will be used to clean up orbital debris. But, in wartime, that laser could potentially be used to blind sensitive US satellites in orbit.”

Other US officials have also been expressing concerns about China’s manufacturing of nuclear weapons. In early August, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Beijing “has increasingly deviated from its decades-old nuclear strategy based on minimal deterrence” with its rapid development of nuclear arsenals.

On 12 August, the commander of the US Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, said during a symposium that China’s nuclear capabilities would allow Beijing to “execute any practical nuclear employment strategy”.

The Federation of American Scientists and the California-based James Martin Center recently revealed how Beijing is building more than 200 nuclear silos in two different regions in western China.

To compete militarily against China, Kendall said, “we have to respond with a sense of urgency, but we also need to take the time necessary to make smart choices about our future and our investments.”


Frank Fang is a Taiwanese journalist. He covers news in China and Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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