China focusing efforts on ability to ‘project military power vertically into space’

Satellite float at the parade for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 2009. Reuters/David Gray

China’s military is building up its space forces, a former Pentagon China specialist told a congressional commission last week. “The PLA is expanding its ability to project military power vertically into space and horizontally beyond its immediate periphery in order to defend against perceived threats to national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Mark Stokes, a former Pentagon China policymaker.  (FULL STORY)

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