Friday, January 19, 2007

TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- China's anti-satellite weapons test has raised concerns in Asia and the United States about the rising militarization of space and prompted governments to demand explanations from Beijing, while Russia expressed skepticism about the test.


Very interesting in terms of its precedent status; we may see tests from Russia, although both Russia and the US most definitely have such capabilities. After doing some research onto the ICBM potentials of the three countries, US and Russia stand with over 500 ICBMs, with Russia and China deeply focused on expansion, or rather renewal of their existing operational systems and US focused on military shielding. China has a little over 50 ICBMS, potentially under 80; so the launch stops short of military bragging, and gives no bargaining power to the Chinese.

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