Beijing briefing: Watch this space

Yu Jie on a new frontier in US-Chinese rivalry as Beijing reaches for the Moon and beyond

The World Today Published 4 February 2022 2 minute READ

As an ardent opera fan, I am fond of the overture from the third act of Wagner’s Die Walküre which later became the musical leitmotif of the Star Wars films. At the end of 2021, I realized the world might be on the verge of a real star wars. 

China filed a complaint with the United Nations after being forced to perform evasive manoeuvres of its space station to avoid collisions with two of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites. Beijing asked the UN secretary-general to remind member states of their obligations under international space law.

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