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Asia's Space Race
Author: James Clay Moltz

ISBN: 9780231156882
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23 November 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8
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In contrast to the close cooperation practiced among European states, space relations among Asian states have become increasingly tense. If current trends continue, the Asian civilian space competition could become a military race. To better understand these emerging dynamics, James Clay Moltz conducts the first in-depth policy analysis of Asia's fourteen leading space programs, concentrating especially on developments in China, Japan, India, and South Korea.

Moltz isolates the domestic motivations driving Asia's space actors, revisiting critical events such as China's 2007 antisatellite weapons test and manned flights, Japan's successfulKaguya lunar mission and Kibo module for the International Space Station (ISS), India'sChandrayaan lunar mission, and South Korea's astronaut visit to the ISS, along with plans to establish independent space-launch capability. He investigates these nations' divergent space goals and their tendency to focus on national solutions and self-reliance rather than regionwide cooperation and multilateral initiatives. He concludes with recommendations for improved ...

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