How to understand Russia’s statement on military cooperation with China in space

Special to, Feb. 7, 2024


By Richard Fisher

As China and Russia have increased their open conventional military cooperation, and have explored covert nuclear military cooperation, it is likely that both have been pursuing military cooperation in space.

On Feb. 1 the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a press release titled, “Press release on Russian-Chinese consultations on outer space security.”

It began by stating, “On 1 February in Beijing the regular Russian-Chinese consultations on outer space security in an inter-agency format took place.”

A 2023 Chinese depiction of the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), that could in the future include Chinese and Russian “security” or military systems.

While this is likely the first public acknowledgement of such consultations, that they are described as “regular” indicated that they have occurred perhaps many times already.

The press release continued, “The sides exchanged their assessments of the current situation in this area. They stressed the need to continue close cooperation and active joint efforts to prevent an arms race in outer space and its weaponization.”

In addition, the press release sought to convey a peaceful cast to such cooperation, seeking to advance the China-Russia Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space (PAROS), and the press release recognized “international initiative/political commitment ‘No First Placement of Weapons in Outer Space.’”

The press release concluded noting, “The meeting confirmed the unity of the Russian and Chinese approaches to outer space security. It was noted that there is a need for further close coordination in this area both in a bilateral format, and at specialized multilateral platforms.”

The phrase “active joint efforts to prevent an arms race in outer space and its weaponization,” in the Orwellian double-speak of Marxist dictatorships, can only mean that China and Russia have been considering ways to win arms races in outer space.

Both Russia and China maintain multiple anti-satellite capabilities, to include ground-launched interceptors and co-orbital systems that capture or destroy enemy satellites.

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