Are the U.S. and China on a war footing in space?

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Trump wants a Space Force, Beijing is developing weapons it could use in orbit, and “there is not a lot of dialogue” between the two countries.

A top Chinese general has a warning for any U.S. leaders planning an arms race in space: Be prepared to lose.

Outspending a rival power into economic exhaustion might have helped the U.S. win the Cold War, said Qiao Liang, a major general in the Chinese air force who co-wrote a book called “Unrestricted Warfare: China’s Master Plan to Destroy America.” But he said it won’t work against a wealthy manufacturing powerhouse like China.

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“China is not the Soviet Union,” Qiao said in an interview with the South China Morning Post, a news partner of POLITICO. “If the United States thinks it can also drag China into an arms race and take down China as it did with the Soviets … in the end, probably it would not be China who is down on the ground.”

Qiao’s words come as both…



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