Beijing attacks US for ‘weaponisation’ of outer space

24 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BEIJING: Beijing warned Monday that the US was turning the cosmos into a “battlefield”, after Washington announced a new military arm called the Space Force, reports AFP.

Following concerns that China and Russia are challenging its position in space, US President Donald Trump signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on Friday—which created a new branch of the US military.

Beijing responded by accusing the US of “pursuing the weaponisation of outer space”. “These actions from the US strongly violate the international consensus of the peaceful use of outer space.... posing a direct threat to outer space, peace, and security,” said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing.

Geng called for the international community to “adopt a prudent and responsible attitude to prevent outer space from becoming a new battlefield”.