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.