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    U.S. official: Chinese test missile obliterates satellite

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    Chinese use a missile to ram and destroy an old, orbiting satellite
    Experts: China now may have ability to knock out U.S. GPS and spy satellites
    Washington issues formal diplomatic protest


    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- China last week successfully used a missile to destroy an orbiting satellite, U.S. government officials told CNN on Thursday, in a test that could undermine relations with the West and pose a threat to satellites important to the U.S. military.

    According to a spokesman for the National Security Council, the ground-based, medium-range ballistic missile knocked an old Chinese weather satellite from its orbit about 537 miles above Earth. The missile carried a "kill vehicle" and destroyed the satellite by ramming it.

    The test took place on January 11.

    Aviation Week and Space Technology first reported the test: "Details emerging from space sources indicate that the Chinese Feng Yun 1C (FY-1C) polar orbit weather satellite launched in 1999 was attacked by an asat (anti-satellite) system launched from or near the Xichang Space Center."

    A U.S. official, who would not agree to be identified, said the event was the first successful test of the missile after three failures.

    The official said that U.S. "space tracking sensors" confirmed that the satellite is no longer in orbit and that the collision produced "hundreds of pieces of debris," that also are being tracked.

    The United States logged a formal diplomatic protest.

    "We are aware of it and we are concerned, and we made it known," said White House spokesman Tony Snow.

    Several U.S. allies, including Canada and Australia, also have registered protests.

    Under a space policy authorized by President Bush in August, the United States asserts a right to "freedom of action in space" and says it will "deter others from either impeding those rights or developing capabilities intended to do so."

    The policy includes the right to "deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to U.S. national interests."

    Low Earth-orbit satellites have become indispensable for U.S. military communications, GPS navigation for smart bombs and troops, and for real-time surveillance. The Chinese test highlights the satellites' vulnerability.

    "If we, for instance, got into a conflict over Taiwan, one of the first things they'd probably do would be to shoot down all of our lower Earth-orbit spy satellites, putting out our eyes," said John Pike of globalsecurity.org, a Web site that compiles information on worldwide security issues.

    "The thing that is surprising and disturbing is that [the Chinese] have chosen this moment to demonstrate a military capability that can only be aimed at the United States," he said.

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    those fools are suicidal!and were is japan?they should be more afraid than the u.s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by latinaforever View Post
    those fools are suicidal!and were is japan?they should be more afraid than the u.s.
    Actually I'm not so sure about that. China is a very strong power they just normally keep to themselves, that's why we rarely hear about them. If China decided to go against the US the shit may hit the fan. Keep in mind that China has a population of 1.3 billion.

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    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) (Simplified Chinese: 中国人民解放军; Traditional Chinese: 中國人民解放軍; pinyin: Zhōnggúo Rénmín Jiěfàng Jūn) is the military of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It is the largest standing army in the world and is also the largest employer in the world, with 2.25 million troops (3.25 million if active paramilitary personnel are counted), and includes naval, air, and strategic nuclear forces. The PLA was established on August 1, 1927, as the military arm of the Communist Party of China, and was named the Red Army until June 1946. The People's Liberation Army's insignia consists of a round device with a red star bearing the Chinese characters for "Eight One" referring to August 1 (Chinese:八一, Pinyin: bā yī), the date of the 1927 Nanchang Uprising, surrounded by wheat ears and cog wheels.

    (PLA)Military manpower
    Active troops 2,250,000 (Ranked 1st)
    Total troops 7,024,000 (Ranked 3rd)
    Paramilitary force 1,500,000
    Reaching military age annually
    males: 13,186,433
    females : 12,298,149 (2005 est.)
    Military expenditures Dollar figure controversial, ($60-90 Billion) see: Military budget of the People's Republic of China
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    if they do deside to take on the super powers we are going to have our hands full.imo they are taking advantage of the war in iraq to test their weapons.
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    why should Japan be more afraid? I don't get it.

    Jappers are too busy being scared of N. Korea...

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4551642.stm
    also that they ARE a swim away from japan,compared to us.
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    This must be the most benign thread ever...............

    This is the future.

    Japan stages war games.

    China gets pissed

    NthK cant get a taep-odong (sp) to Alaska

    China gets annoyed

    NK attacks the ocean....again

    China attacks whith rhetoric

    someone realizes NK has the bomb, but find that uzbekistan said something about the red sox.

    No one can decide to nuke the red sox or uzbekistan (after finding it on a map)

    The WORLD wonders why cleaveland was hit.............
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