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 successful
Kaguya lunar mission and Kibo module for the
International Space Station ( ISS), India's
Chandrayaan 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 intra-Asian space cooperation and regional conflict
Moltz also considers America's efforts to engage Asia's space
programs in joint activities and the prospects for future U.S.
space leadership. He extends his analysis to the relationship
between space programs and economic development in Australia,
Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines,
Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, making this a key text
for international relations and Asian studies scholars.
Subjects: Political Science, History, Technology
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