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Chinese Anti-Satellite Weapons and American National Security

Recorded on January 29, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

On January 11, China destroyed an aging weather satellite using a missile-launched anti-satellite weapon (ASAT). This brazen display comes only a few months after the reported "painting" of a U.S. reconnaissance satellite with a Chinese ground-based laser. Experts quoted in the media have suggested that China really wants an international treaty banning space weapons, and that these recent provocations are meant to bring the U.S. to the negotiating table. Join us as Senator Kyl counters these suggestions and argues that China means to challenge American superiority in space, putting our national security at risk.