But come on, China’s only starting what we finished half a century ago, right? Right, except that China’s progress is so much faster than that of the U.S. or Russia “back in the day.” China’s orbiting space launch in 2023 will be their first, but the “new” and nascent space program has set high goals for itself; along with its plans to implement an experimental station for testing purposes, China also hopes to establish projects on Mars in the near future. Although NASA and InterKosmos (Russia’s space program) launched into space long before CASC, China displays superior technology by achieving what neither Russia nor the U.S. could do until only recently; China performed the entire operation with unmanned spacecrafts. Such unmanned operations include the Tiangong-2 spacelab, which is scheduled to be launched in 2015. However, much is to be done before a successful launch of the 2023 space station; perfect technology in renewable life support and orbit refueling are imperative to support people on missions at a low earth orbit.
The West has seized the world for many centuries, but China’s success in space may be the first step towards Eastern control over world affairs. CASC’s space achievements connote its official rise to equal rivalry with Western and developed nations, while also proving China’s influential superiority over South Korea, Japan, India, and other Asian countries. The prospect of an Eastern-run world is likely and imminent, and the U.S. can only observe in frustration as China proceeds with one successful space program after another. In fact, consistent establishment of Sino-space stations and projects may tacitly necessitate Chinese permission for NASA to resume space exploration.
Outer space may be the final frontier of Sino-American rivalry of supremacy and future influence. NASA’s defunding continues to retard progressive execution of space programs while CASC is advancing rapidly. At this rate, we may be looking ahead into China’s world and China’s space.
(Special Thanks to Rabecca Chepkoech)
Article by Ricky Shin