China Space Mission Said Planned for Oct. The military-backed space program is a major prestige project for the communist government. China has announced plans to land an unmanned probe on the moon by 2010 as well as operate a space station.
While I would like to believe China has nothing but peaceful intentions, we should not forget that a rocket capable of putting a man into orbit is also capable of delivering a large payload of nuclear weapons anywhere on the planet.
China to clamp down on Web sites’ news content Online dissidents who post items critical of the government, or those expressing opinions in chat rooms, are regularly arrested and charged under vaguely worded national security laws.
China is still a centrally controlled repressive regime whose aims are unclear. This fact combined with increasing economic and military power is at least disquieting.