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China to conduct another ASAT test?


Sam Roggeveen


8 September 2008 09:07

OK, we are deep into rumour territory here, but Steve Clemons of The Washington Note is pretty reliable, and he's hinting that another trusted blogger, Jeffrey Lewis of Arms Control Wonk, will soon report that 'China may be getting ready to mimic something that the US stupidly did recently in the high skies.' That can surely only mean another test of China's anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon, with the 'mimicking' a reference to the US shootdown of a falling intelligence satellite in February.

Needless to say, this would be really bad news for a number of reasons, but let's leave the analysis until the test actually happens. There's nothing on Arms Control Wonk yet, but keep your eye out. Remember, Jeffrey Lewis broke the story of China's first successful ASAT test in January 2007.