Book Building for the future : China's progress in space technology during the tenth 5-year plan and the U.S. response / Kevin Pollpeter.
Associated Name: Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
Publication year: 2008.
Call Number U413.R32 P65 2008 ; U413.A66 P65 2008
Media class: Book
Publisher: Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
ISBN: 1584873477 9781584873471
"This monograph was originally written for a conference sponsored by the RAND Corporation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies in 2005"--P. ii.
Extent: x, 64 p. ; 23 cm.
The Chinese government is using space power to increase its influence at home and abroad and hopes to leverage the political, economic, and military benefits of space to become a great power. The ambivalent nature of the U.S.-China relationship, however, assures that over the long term China's rise as a space power will present challenges to the United States. Militarily, China's improved remote sensing capabilities and launch tempos require the U.S. military to prepare to counteract China's use of space in a potential conflict over Taiwan. Commercially, China's lower labor costs and mercantilist approach to space could establish China as a competitive market force. Politically, U.S. diplomats must recognize the role Chinese space activities plays in diplomacy and be prepared to ameliorate cooperative activities that impinge on U.S. national security. Despite these drawbacks, cooperation with China cannot be ruled out. Cooperation can improve scientific research, increase safety, and make an opaque program more transparent, but should not directly improve China's military or commercial capabilities. Consequently, the U.S. response to China's rise as a space power should take a balanced approach in which challenges are managed and opportunities exploited.
Goals -- Tenth five-year plan accomplishments -- Assessment -- The future -- The benefits of a space program: fitting space power into China's grand strategy -- The implications of the rise of China's space program for U.S. interests -- The U.S. response: contain, compete, cooperate, or do nothing? -- Seeking tangible results.