Report: State Dept. Calls on China to End Anti-Satellite Missile Development

China flag_EGovU.S. officials have urged China to cease development of anti-satellite capabilities after their assessments revealed the Asian country has recently tested an anti-satellite missile, SpaceNews reported Monday.

Mike Gruss reports that defense and intelligence officials see such weaponry as threats to U.S. and other nations’ space assets.

“We call on China to refrain from destabilizing actions — such as the continued development and testing of destructive anti-satellite systems — that threaten the long term security and sustainability of the outer space environment, on which all nations depend,” the State Department said in an email to SpaceNews.

“The United States continuously looks to ensure its space systems are safe and resilient against emerging space threats.”

Gruss writes that a report from China’s Xinhua news agency last week has indicated a completed missile intercept test.

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