China: Washington wants to turn outer space into 'battlefield' — FM spox.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying accused the US of wanting to turn space into a 'battlefield,' when speaking at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday. She expressed concern that the US had «announced the establishment of independent outer-space forces and continuously carried out war games in outer space.» The spokesperson warned that «these actions might gradually make the threat of the outer-space weaponisation a reality, turning it eventually into a battlefield eventually.» According to the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Washington «is constantly playing up the so-called threat to outer space security posed by other countries,» which she said «serves as a pretext» for the US military build-up in outer space. Her comments come following the US Defence Intelligence Agency's (DIA) report 'Challenges to Security in Space' released on Monday, which included China as a possible adversary in the space domain. Hua Chunying did, however, praise the US for its openness on the Korean Peninsula and its apparent willingness to facilitate dialogue.