The Chinese communist regime seems to be conducting a real space race in which it intends to surpass leading countries such as the United States. So much so that it has just announced that during 2022 they have more than 40 launches planned as they continue to develop their own station in space.
Currently China already has a small space station which houses a crew of three people. Among the launches planned for this year, it is expected to attach at least two more modules weighing approximately 66 tons, which is equivalent to a quarter of the International Space Station (ISS), NewsWeek reported.
In addition to completing its own space station, the Chinese regime intends to develop a lunar base and deploy new satellites, as announced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), a state-owned firm responsible for most of the regime’s space launches.
The silent race carried out by Beijing is not something new, during 2021 were published 48 successful launches that will be added in history to those planned for this year.
According to Xinhua News Agency, CASC said that among the launches planned for this year, at least two missions will be carried out from Shenzhou and will be manned, in addition two cargo spacecraft are planned to be launched from the base in Tianzhou.
The Chinese space station is being developed in Earth orbit with the name Tiangong, meaning “heavenly place”. The first module was named Tianhe and was launched in May 2021. By the end of this year they expect to finish its construction.
The Chinese regime’s ambition to dominate everything within its reach is already more than evident. Just as it seeks to advance and dominate the Indo-Pacific, provoking major conflicts with neighboring countries, it also seeks to advance in third world countries, generating their economic dependence and influencing their strategic decisions, now it also intends to dominate space and even make a base on the moon.
The regime has devoted a huge amount of resources to dominate space issues in recent years, and space outside the earth is increasingly recognized as a contested strategic domain.
Many security experts have warned that China’s space program is a direct military threat to the United States.
In December 2021, Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, sounded alarm bells when he publicly stated that China is developing its space capabilities at “twice the speed” of the United States.
“The fact that they are essentially, on average, building, deploying and upgrading their space capabilities at twice the rate that we are, means that very soon, if we don’t start accelerating our development and delivery capabilities, they will surpass us,” Gen. Thompson said, adding, “2030 is not an unreasonable estimate.”
Rep. Jim Cooper echoed Thompson’s remarks, noting that U.S. private industry appears to be far more committed to the space race against China than the U.S. Air Force itself.
While he acknowledged that the federal government is investing a lot of money in the Space Force, he cautioned that it is not enough to tackle such a sensitive issue and suggested that efforts must be concentrated to overcome the imagination and investment of billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.