Two Chinese astronauts are orbiting the earth today, as China pushes its efforts to be the third great space power (behind the US and Russia/the Soviet Union).
A lot of people are saying it’s nothing to worry about, as all they’re achieving is things we did nearly fifty years ago, and they have a LONG way to go to catch up.
But let’s look at a few other facts:
1) We went from where they are today to landing on the moon in about a decade.
2) They have the advantage of decades of more modern technology — especially whatever they can beg, borrow, or steal past our export laws (thank you SO much, President Clinton).
3) They have one huge advantage our scientists lacked at the time — they KNOW it can be done.
China is going to be our next great rival, and possibly adversary. It’s no secret that much of their strategic planning revolves around countering us, overtaking us, even defeating us. And this is one more step we should watch very, very carefully.