U.S.-China Competition in Outer Space

In the 10 years since China’s first successful anti-satellite test, the vulnerability of essential U.S. space systems has been underscored and competition in outer space has resumed. How has the United States responded? What are the implications for strategy and deterrence in this new era?

In this podcast, CSIS experts Todd Harrison and Dr. Zack Cooper along with Secure World Foundation’s Dr. Brian Weeden talk about the changes in the space domain since the end of the Cold War and China’s expanding capabilities, describe how the proliferation of space technology has impacted other countries in the Indo-Pacific, and assess the implications for international cooperation in space exploration. Hosted by Will Colson. Audio edited by Ribka Gemilangsari. Written and Produced by Jeffrey Bean.

Read Todd Harrison and Zack Cooper’s new CSIS report: Escalation and Deterrence in the Second Space Agehere.

See Brian Weeden’s recent work on U.S. space systems and U.S.-China strategic relations in space:
U.S.-China Strategic Relations in Space (report chapter w/ Xiao He), NBR here.

The End of Sanctuary in Space, War is Boring here.

Use Outer Space to Strengthen U.S.-China Ties (w/ Xiao He), War on the Rocks here

Zack Cooper

Zack Cooper

Dr. Zack Cooper is Senior Fellow for Asian Security at CSIS.

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