He said: “It is critical that China and all spacefaring nations and commercial entities act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.”

But Mr Whittington believes there is a bigger problem at hand, and that is China’s attitude towards the West and its desire to dominate space.

China has already placed a probe on the Moon and put the Tianwen-1 mission in Mars orbit this year.

And the country is ramping up its operations in low-Earth orbit (LEO), with another 10 launches to build, resupply, and man the space station this year.

The space station, which will be much smaller than the International Space Station (ISS), will house three astronauts for scientific purposes.





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