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China Accuses US of Global Security Threat

Mon 18 Mar 2024 | 06:45 PM
Israa Farhan

China, through state-controlled media and its military, has accused the United States of posing a threat to global security.

This accusation comes just days after a Reuters report revealed that SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, was manufacturing hundreds of spy satellites for a US intelligence agency.

According to Reuters, last Friday, five informed sources disclosed that SpaceX's Starshield unit was developing a satellite network under an undisclosed $1.8 billion contract with the National Reconnaissance Office.

A social media account managed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army posted a message condemning SpaceX's program for revealing the United States' "double standards."

This comes at a time when Washington accuses Chinese technology companies of jeopardizing American security.

In a post by an account named "Jungching Ping," managed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army on the Weibo social media platform, it stated, "We urge American companies not to assist the villain in doing evil." The account has 1.1 million followers.

The post continued, "All countries worldwide must stay vigilant and provide protection against the new and major security threats created by the United States government."

In response to the Reuters story, the National Reconnaissance Office acknowledged its mission to develop space surveillance systems but declined to comment on SpaceX's involvement.

SpaceX, the world's largest satellite operator, did not respond to several requests for comment on the contract.

The Starshield network, separate from SpaceX's growing commercial Starlink internet service, provides high-speed internet to consumers, companies, and government agencies via 5,500 satellites in space.

China also plans to begin manufacturing its own satellite groups.