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Coordination failure: risks of US-China competition in space

Gautel, Gideon (2021) Coordination failure: risks of US-China competition in space. LSE IDEAS Strategic Updates. LSE Ideas, London, UK.

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The 2020s will see a flurry of space activity, with both national and commercial programs picking up pace. Both the United States and China hold strong ambitions in telecommunications, lunar exploration, and beyond. However, currently fraught relations between the superpowers are unlikely to improve and may yet deteriorate further. On the one hand, competition between both countries may drive space activities and foster technological innovation. On the other, as both superpowers expand their activities in space, geopolitical tensions may increase the risk of harmful dynamics that could endanger the sustainable rollout of future programs. In this Strategic Update, Gidon Gautel seeks to outline and call attention to two high-risk flash points arising from the development of the US and China’s national space programmes and industries.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2022 09:57
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2022 09:57

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