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Asia's Space RaceNational Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks$
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James Clay Moltz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156882

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156882.001.0001

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Asia’s Space Race

Asia’s Space Race

Implications for Regional and Global Policy

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Asia's Space Race

James Clay Moltz

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the implications of the current and contradicting trends of the major Asian space powers. The Asian Space Race dilemma raises several space-related questions which demands attention: What are the implications of the current trajectories of national space policies? What areas might become sources of conflict? Are the national investments being made in particular areas of space capability sustainable? In what ways is space likely to be affected by the forces of globalization? Are military aspects of national space policies likely to conflict with civil and commercial aims? And, finally, where are unilateral national policies in regard to space security likely to bump up against regional and international interests for strengthened collective security in space? The chapter addresses these questions by breaking down the Asian space dynamics into the three major areas of space activity—civil, commercial, and military.

Keywords:   Asian space powers, Asian Space Race, national space policies, conflict, globalization, civil, commercial, military

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