China disputes reports that it is planning a military 'takeover' of the Moon

China disputes reports that it is planning a military 'takeover' of the Moon ...

Could the Moon ever belong to one nation?

According to aReuters story, China's space officials rejected a NASA Administrator Bill Nelson's suggestion that China might "take over" the Moon as part of a military effort.

China has consistently called for international space collaboration, and described Nelson's "reckless" remarks as part of an irresponsible smear campaign against their country's space activities.

A Chinese official has condemned the 'irresponsible' NASA executive's remarks.

China has made significant strides as a space power in recent years, with its Chang'e-5 lunar probe the first to detect water signals directly from the Moon's surface. It also hopes to be the first country to return samples from the Red Planet, beating NASA by two years.

"We must be particularly concerned that China is landing on the moon and saying: 'It's yours now, and you stay out,' Nelson told Bild in an interview published on Saturday, July 2.

In a backhanded compliment on China's recent space progress, the NASA head has also emphasised that the country's space program is a military endeavor that involves militarizing space.

Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, has strongly condemned Nelson's claims. "This is not the first time that the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States has ignored the facts and spoken irresponsibly about China," said Lijian.

Nelson continued, "The US side has continued to perpetrate a smear campaign against China's normal and reasonable outer space missions, and China fiercely opposes such irresponsible statements."

In the wake of Moon's ownership claims, the militarization of space continues unabated.

As agreed in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, a founding document for international space law, space has traditionally been maintained as a non-militarized zone. "Outer space [including the moon] is not subject to national appropriation by means of use or occupation, or by any other means," according to that treaty.

In recent times, Earth's fractured politics have reached outer space, with major space powers pointing the finger and blaming the militarization of space. It's also worth noting that the United States Space Force's"Spacepower" military doctrine has turned its back on a decades-long global effort to maintain space as an unmilitarized domain.

The 2020 military doctrine affirms that space is both a source and a conduit through which a nation may wield diplomatic, informational, military, and economic power, and that the US must " cultivate, develop, and advance spacepower in order to ensure national prosperity and security." That is likely to be a reference to China's anti-satellite missile weapons activities.

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