In the years ahead, we will look back on the launch of the anti-satellite (Asat) weapon by China as a watershed event (AW&ST Jan. 22, p. 24). Sadly, but in keeping with its tradition, the U.S government will recognize the threat only after the Chinese disable an American satellite. We are given "make it go away" explanations: The Chinese did it to get us to the table for an Asat ban, or the Chinese army did it without political approval. The story lines are in conflict and absurd. The ...

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