Report: China and Strategic Instability in Space: Pathways to Peace in an Era of US-China Strategic Competition (USIP 2023)

The report highlights three key drivers of instability in space: the entanglement of conventional and nuclear space sensor systems, the testing of kinetic energy direct ascent anti-satellite weapons, and the dramatic growth of constellations of tens and even hundreds of thousands of commercial satellites. China plays a critical role in all three of these issues, reflecting the fact that the infrastructure of space governance has not kept pace with technological change and the burgeoning number of actors in space.

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