Chinese Space Program: More Transparency Needed?

Aviation Week’s Craig Covault also takes a look at China’s efforts at international cooperation, which will be limited until the country learns to open up.

“China’s secrecy-bound space program, increasingly capable of advanced operations, risks becoming an impediment to international, cooperative lunar and planetary exploration unless it becomes far more open, say top international space policy managers meeting with their Chinese counterparts here.

“Control by the People’s Liberation Army of virtually all Chinese space development will be a counterproductive factor ‘as the center of gravity for space exploration is beginning to move from the Atlantic to the Pacific,’ according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).”