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Chinese military experts have warned of an expanding arms race in outer space as Beijing and other rival powers seek to counter US ambitions to dominate the heavens.
The United States and other Western nations have criticised China's efforts to build a presence in space, especially a test in January 2007 when it shot down one of its own aged satellites.
But in a book issued by the state-run China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, two People's Liberation Army (PLA) experts said Washington's bid for enduring security domination in outer space was pressing Beijing and other powers into competition, even confrontation.
"Strategic confrontation in outer space is difficult to avoid. The development of outer space forces shows signs that a space arms race to seize the commanding heights is emerging," wrote Wu Tianfu of the Second Artillery Corps Command College. The Corps controls China's nuclear arsenal.