NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has warned that China is using its space program to try to seize the Moon, which the Chinese regime denies.
On July 2, Mr Nelson told German newspaper Bild : ‘We must be very worried that China will land on the moon and say, ‘It’s ours now and you don’t touch it: It’s ours now and you stay out”.
The goal of China’s space program, Nelson said, “is a military space program,” and its achievements rely on stealing technology .
The Chinese regime has denied Nelson’s claims.
“This is not the first time that the NASA administrator has attacked China in defiance of facts ,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
“China always advocates the peaceful use of space, opposes the militarization of space and the arms race in space ,” he added.
However, experts told the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times that the theft of space technology is common within the Chinese Communist Party and that the space program itself is part of the Strategic Support Force. army.
On May 17 , during a congressional hearing, Nelson warned against the space race with China. In particular, he warned of China’s aggression in space and the cybersecurity risks posed by technology theft. He said, “They’re pretty good at flying.”
Yue Changzhi is a retired electronics engineer from the No. 2 Institute of the Ministry of Aerospace Industry of China.
She told The Epoch Times that she has no doubt that Beijing has advanced its aerospace technology by relying on flight.
She said the thefts began in the 1960s when she was hired at the ministry. His task was to develop missiles and anti-missile systems in the electronics department.
“It was at the time when the Ministry of Aerospace Industry had just been created. Plagiarism has been his approach, which is to make a copy of things invented by others with a slight change in appearance ,” Yue said.
The Yutu-2 lunar rover, taken by the Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon. Photo released on January 11, 2019. (China National Space Administration [CNSA] via CNS/AFP/China OUT)
Nelson released a statement on May 19, 2021 after China released the first photos of the Zhurong Mars rover.
“Congratulations to the Chinese National Space Administration for receiving the first images of the Zhurong Mars rover! “. Mr. Nelson said.
However, during this year’s congressional hearing, Nelson warned that “it is incumbent on us to take cybersecurity very seriously…in terms of government but also the private sector. »
When asked what military objectives China might pursue in space, Nelson replied bluntly, “Well, what do you think is going on in the Chinese space station? There they learn how to destroy other people’s satellites ,” reports Bild.
Commentator Wang He pointed out that China’s aerospace program was built in affiliation with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
He explains that satellite launch centers such as Jiuquan and Taiyuan are both under military control. Both centers are located at the PLA Strategic Support Force Testing and Training Base.
He also pointed out that in recent years, the regime has manipulated its claim “to use outer space for peaceful purposes, to promote mankind’s civilization and social progress”, in order to seek an international collaboration with the aim of stealing technologies.
According to him, “the so-called Chinese private companies involved in international collaboration are still under the control of the Communist Party”.
In other words, they are “front companies”, he said.