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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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Asian Space Developments

Asian Space Developments

Motivations and Trends

(p.12) Chapter One Asian Space Developments
Asia's Space Race

James Clay Moltz

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the conceptual themes of late development and regional completion in Asia's space programs. It describes how the relative availability of space technology in the early twenty-first century, the speed of recent space developments, and the failure of corresponding political institutions place Asia in an unstable position in terms of space security. Asia's Space Race, also called as the second Space Age, began with the emergence of Chinese human spaceflight capabilities in October 2003 when they launched Shenzhou 5, their first manned spacecraft. The chapter looks into the factors which differentiate this Space Race from the one during the Cold War, such as the lack of security negotiations that might promote mutual restraint. Most Asian nations share several common characteristics—they are relative newcomers to military space activity, are still engaged in longstanding regional competitions, and have no history of discussing these matters with their neighbors.

Keywords:   Asia's space programs, space security, Asia's Space Race, second Space Age, human spaceflight capabilities, Shenzhou 5, military space activity, regional competitions

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