Today, China reacted guardedly to India’s anti-satellite missile or A-SAT test and expressed hope that all nations will uphold tranquility and peace in outer space.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India has successfully test-fired A-SAT by shooting down a live satellite, termed it as a rare achievement that puts the nation in an exclusive club of space super powers.
This successful test makes India the fourth country in the world after the United States, Russia, and China to secure strategic capability to shoot down enemy satellites.
In a written reply to a question on India’s successful test-fired A-SAT, Chinese Foreign Ministry said that “we have noticed reports and hope that each country will uphold peace and tranquillity in outer space”.
In January 2007, China had conducted such tests when its anti-satellite missile got destroyed due to defunct weather satellite.
PM Modi said in New Delhi that the action was indirect against any nation and the satellite was predetermined, targets orbiting at an altitude of 300 km. He continued that India didn’t breach any treaties or international laws by testing A-SAT.
‘Mission Shakti’ is led by DRDO, aimed at strengthening the country’s overall security, PM Modi said while addressing that came a fortnight ahead of April-May General Election.