On the heels of a missile strike that can only be endorsed with ‘high confidence’, China is playing the game.
Liu Jianchao, the Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesman, said at a news conference in Beijing that the United States should also share data promptly about what will become of the remaining pieces of the satellite, which are expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and mostly burn up in the next two days.
“China is continuously following closely the possible harm caused by the U.S. action to outer space security and relevant countries,” Mr. Liu said, according to the Associated Press. “China requests the U.S. to fulfill its international obligations in real earnest and provide to the international community necessary information and relevant data in a timely and prompt way so that relevant countries can take precautions.”
This of course comes just a year after China shot down one of their ‘weather’ satellites in a much higher orbit, leaving over 1600 pieces of debris that will remain in space and interfere with passing satellites and other space craft. The US was overly critical of their interstellar actions.
I guess it’s tit for tat.