China Poised to Kill US Spy Satellites? This is troubling:
Beijing announced plans last week to build a high-frequency radar on the South Pole. Analysts say the radar could be used to disrupt U.S. intelligence satellites. . . National security analysts say the South Pole site, because of its remoteness, could be used by China to develop anti-satellite lasers capable of blinding or disrupting U.S. reconnaissance satellites, most of which pass over the pole. . . China's space program, unlike the U.S. space program, is directly related to Chinese military operations.(1)
My question is why are we still giving China preferential trade status? The more we do business with them, the more money they will have to build better offensive weaponry. Considering China's actions in Tibet(2), and their very public and brazen promises that "the Chinese people and armed forces will resolutely and thoroughly crush [Taiwanese independence] at any cost,"(3) we should be viewing China as a real military threat... not trading with them.
If China's imperialist history is not enough of a reason to view them as a threat, consider that "China is stepping up its overt and covert efforts to gather intelligence and technology in the United States."(4)
Come on. How much more do you need? The People's Republic of China has conquered one sovereign nation; they have promised to conquer another one; and they are spying on us. What are the odds that the base on the South Pole has a purpose that is hostile to other countries (like the United States, for example)?
(1) "China radar at South Pole could sabotage U.S. spy satellites" World Tribune.com, 2006, February 02, paras 1, 3, & 6, http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/06/front2453769.0986111113.html.
(2) World Mediawatch, and BBC Monitoring. "China announces "civilizing" atheism drive in Tibet," BBC News, Monitoring, 1999 January 12, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/monitoring/253345.stm.
(3) Hu Xiao. "White Paper: Strong army ensures China unity," China Daily, 2004 December 27, para. 10, http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-12/27/content_403719.htm.
(4) Gertz, Bill. "Thefts of U.S. technology boost China's weaponry," The Washington Times, 2005 June 27, para. 1, http://www.washtimes.com/specialreport/20050627-124855-6747r.htm.
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