Despite Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s copious investments in China via his Tesla factory, Chinese officials have taken aim at the billionaire’s Starlink system, calling for the destruction of his satellites.
In December 2021, China had openly urged the United Nations to issue protections for a Chinese space station and its three-member crew following Beijing’s claims that satellites launched by Musk had nearly struck the Chinese space station.
A foreign ministry spokesperson from the nation had levied accusations against Washington for ignoring treaty obligations regarding the protection of the crew at Tiangong station after alleged incidents from Musk’s satellites on July 1and October 21.
Specifically, the Tiangong space station apparently had to perform various “evasive maneuvers” in order to prevent a possible “collision” with the Starlink satellites that had been launched by the Space Exploration Technologies Group.
The Starlink system provides individuals with the opportunity to connect to the Internet and engage in various communications without passing through a state or governmental control system, which is precisely why the system has been in high demand across war-torn Ukraine.
According to Gatestone Institute, the United States has rejected China’s insistence that Starlink poses a danger to the world, and highlighted a different reason for the Asian nation’s resistance: the belief that Starlink could pose a threat to China’s national security due to its potential military applications.
Moreover, Starlink also poses a major threat to the Chinese Communist Party’s plot to eliminate American satellites, rendering U.S. military assets effectively worthless, especially if the two superpowers ever end up in open warfare.
Musk has long declared that Starlink serves primarily as a civilian program that provides high-speed Internet services to areas of the world that do not yet have sufficient infrastructure in place for providing Internet connectivity.
However, the tech billionaire has also indicated that other applications are available outside of civilian purposes, which has raised the ire of Beijing.