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Russia, China present new joint draft to prevent outer space war
June 11, 2014, 11:54 am

In this image provided by NASA Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012 a dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer [AP]

In this image provided by NASA Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012 a dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer [AP]

China and Russia have jointly submitted an updated draft international treaty on banning the deployment of weapons in outer space to a UN-sponsored disarmament conference.

The US and Israel have repeatedly voted against UN resolutions on the prevention of an arms race in outer space.

The updated draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects, was presented at a plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament, the world’s sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations.

The new draft treaty prepared by Russia and China is a revised version of the one the two allies had presented earlier, including definition and scope of the treaty, organizations as well as mechanisms to solve disputes, said Wu Haitao, China’s ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary for disarmament affairs.

The Treaty on Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space and of the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects (PPWT) was first proposed by China and Russia in February 2008 as an international legally binding treaty that would outlaw the weaponization of space.

Wu said this new draft treaty is aimed at advancing the Conference on Disarmament toward negotiations for signing an international legal document.

Space assets like satellites are at increasing threat of being disabled from hostile countries as risk of cyber-warfare grows.

Beijing has warned of the growing risks of the weaponization of outer space with the rapid development of space technology, which the Chinese Ambassador said will “hinder the peaceful use of outer space, break global strategic balance and stability and hamper nuclear disarmament”.

The existing legislation on outer space cannot prevent the use or the threat of force against outer space assets, Wu said.

Telecommunications, GPS navigation systems, power etc could be easily switched off with the disabling of satellites in the backdrop of a militarized outer space.

China has stressed during the UN conference on the urgent need to sign a new international legal document to prevent the weaponization of outer space.

China and Russia are willing to include suggestions and ideas from other parties and continue to improve the draft treat in order to lay a foundation for the start of practical negotiations at the Conference on Disarmament, Wu said.

 

 TBP and Agencies

2 Responses to Russia, China present new joint draft to prevent outer space war

  1. Michael Cintron Reply

    June 18, 2014 at 1:01 am

    I SUPPORT AMERICA’S POSITION TO CONTINUE TO VETOE WEAPONIZING SPACE, CHINA AND RUSSIA SHOULD GO TO H….

    • Alien123 Reply

      June 23, 2014 at 3:51 am

      If you’ll read the article, it’s the USA and Israel that are voting against the de-weaponizing of space, and the USA always has. That’s because the USA already has weapons in space and has since the days of SDI (President Ray-gun).

      Russia and China have always wanted a binding treaty to keep weapons out of space. The USA always votes to defeat that treaty. Since the UN is heavily weighted toward the USA, what the USA wants, it gets.

      Any human that loves this planet and their fellow humans, should want to end all war, especially a potential war in space. Humans are already poisoning the Earth, let’s not poison the upper Earth atmosphere also.

      For Pete’s sake, don’t blindly go along with the US vs. THEM nonsense. This is all being media manipulated.

      Next will be a fake war between star people and Earth people. More manipulation. Wise up.

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