Last week, Yleem Poblete, the US Assistant State Secretary of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, launched a tirade on Moscow and Beijing, claiming they were attempting to militarise space. She said: “It is difficult to determine the truthfulness of China’s concern about the prevention of an arms race in space and their support for space arms control.” However, a Chinese foreign minister has hit back at the claims, stating that the US should take a look at its own actions before accusing others.
Geng Shuang told Chinese publication CGTN on Friday: “The Chinese side did not, and will not take part in an arms race in outer space of any form.
“Our stance remains unchanged.
“Here I want to remind all of you of a fact that the US publicly defines outer space as a new battlefield.”
Mr Shuang went on to reveal why he believed the US are the ones provoking a space war and not China.
He added: “The US has built an Outer Space Command and is building an outer space troop, and it plans to deploy laser weapons in outer space.
“Who is worsening the threat of weaponisation and turning it into a battlefield? Who is threatening the security of outer space?
“I believe the answers are self-evident.”
Geng also made references to the Trump administration’s plans to build a Space Force and questioned why they would not work alongside China and Russia.
He continued: “The US accusations against China are totally groundless.
“China will not accept them.
“If the US side truly cares about the security of outer space, it should work with China and Russia and actively participate in the arms control process of outer space instead of doing the opposite.”
The comments come after China and Russia agreed to start cooperating on lunar and deep space exploration.
Just one month later, in July 2018, Donald Trump announced his intent to create a Space Force.
US military officials have also been sceptical of Russian and Chinese intentions in space.
In February, the US Defence Intelligence Agency made public a report that said both nations are likely developing an array of space weapons and anti-satellite weapons.
This included: “Jamming and cyberspace capabilities, directed energy weapons, on-orbit capabilities, and ground-based anti-satellite missiles that can achieve a range of reversible to nonreversible effects.”