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Originally posted by aaaaa
In addition to the military objectives of thier manned space program, the PRC seems to be building an ASAT capability as well:
Reports of computer hacking against U.S. defence assets by Chinese military sources has been in the news as well lately.
The purpose of all this would seem to be the desire to have freedom of action in any regional dispute by blinding U.S. observational and control satillites.
A demonstration of these capabilities in a limited sense, i.e., not completely destroying early warning ballistic missile detection, would be a trigger for a larger conflict.