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SWF Testifies on U.S.-China Perspectives on International Law and Norms of Behavior in Space

25 Apr 2019, 00:00 UTC
SWF Testifies on U.S.-China Perspectives on International Law and Norms of Behavior in Space
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SWF Director of Program Planning Dr. Brian Weeden testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) as part of a hearing on “China in Space: A Strategic Competition?” Dr. Weeden’s testimony discussed China’s views on space law, norms of behavior, and security-related topics such as the weaponization of space. It focused on China’s own views and interests in the multilateral space diplomacy fora, discussed whether those views conflict with the interests of the United States, and provided policy recommendations for Congress to address these issues.
Dr. Weeden testified that China has complied with the existing legal principles and norms stemming from all four main space treaties, at least to the same extent that the United States and other major powers have. While it is possible that China may choose to break from those legal principles and norms in the future, we do not see strong evidence to support that conclusion and doing so would contradict the diplomatic positions China has established over the last few decades.
Dr. Weeden’s main policy proposal is to urge the United States to take a stronger leadership role in space governance discussions and help shape their development in a way that suits ...

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