In the words of the South China Morning Post newspaper, published in Hong Kong, in a report published on Tuesday on this matter, this year will also witness a mission for China that it described as “historic on the moon,” in which it will carry out an extensive geological survey there, and the landing and take-off process will be there.” Different from what any country has done before.

According to the same newspaper, the United States fears China’s ambitions in space, and that its movements there have espionage goals and are linked to military actions, especially since China now possesses more than 13,000 satellites in space.

"Historical mission"

The South China Morning Post report detailed:

  • China plans to conduct 100 launches to send more than 300 spacecraft into orbit in 2024, a new national record well above last year's 67 launches.

  • The state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is handling 70 launches, the country's main space company revealed in its annual Blue Book on Monday, while the rest are handling commercial launches.

  • Key missions this year include two manned flights and two cargo flights to the Tiangong Space Station in low Earth orbit.

  • Other missions include monitoring multi-scale variable space objects, the Chinese seismic electromagnetic monitoring satellite with Italy, and the Shijian-19 space science satellite.

  • Among the missions that will receive most attention is a mission called Chang'e-6, scheduled to launch in May, to conduct an extensive geological survey on the moon, a mission that no country has undertaken, not even the United States.

  • The main difference between China and the United States is that government missiles still play a very large role in Chinese launches, but this is no longer the case in the United States.

  • China now has a huge number of satellites in space, and this bothers the United States, of course, and there is clear rivalry between the two countries in this regard.

"A hidden war in the sky"

Information technology expert, Abdul Rahman Daoud, for his part, confirms that the conflict in space between Beijing and Washington is “at its most intense,” but he pointed out that “many people do not know its details due to their degree of complexity.”

In his words, “There is a hidden war taking place in the sky, in which confusion and obstruction are used, and sometimes it reaches the point of penetration between the United States, China and Russia, but the most severe is the war between the first and the second, because they are developing capabilities that would control the course of things in space, which has not been achieved.” "It has not been decided by any party yet."

Daoud does not count on the large amount of satellites that China announced that it will launch this year to resolve this race, telling Sky News Arabia that relying on launching large quantities “does not mean control here, and one large and advanced satellite with high technology inside it may cause damage.” Accuracy in achieving what is required in space, and disrupting the rest of the satellites operating around it.”

Commenting on Washington's fears that China will use its space presence for military actions and espionage, the technology expert says that the nature of the war there is "bigger than military conflict."

He adds clarifying:

  • The conflict was not only military, but was more service-based.

    There are artificial satellites that provide services on Earth and bring large financial profits, such as navigational guidance satellites that serve a huge commercial sector and bring money to Washington, and China’s competition with them will disrupt this trade.

  • As well as forecasting meteorology and climate changes, and searching for mineral resources.

  • In addition to the above, there are military services, and whoever achieves more in these fields gets preference. All of this means that war is not only a military conflict.

  • So far, the United States may have a lead, but it is not the best, while China is quickly moving down a path that may push America out of its way.

A military clash is not excluded

Information technology expert, Susan Hader, sees the 100 space launches that China intends to carry out this year as a “very large number,” but she expects to withdraw old satellites and replace them with new ones.

She does not rule out that the Chinese-American race in space will result in a military clash, telling Sky News Arabia that “the two countries are preparing for the space battle technically and militarily, and have developed anti-satellite missiles, and the conflict may ignite at any time.”

She attributes this to reasons including, “Washington sees the Chinese space station as a direct threat to it, and there is a conflict over borders in space.”