15 October 2020
But Chinese observers expected competition in space exploration between the US and China to heat up. Zhou Chenming, a researcher from the Yuan Wang military science and technology institute in Beijing, said this would happen as more private companies from the US invested in the extraction of lunar resources.
Beijing was also sceptical about the accords, said Zhao Tong, a senior fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy. “China traditionally believes that space exploration or moon missions are done by state actors,” he said. “From a nation’s point of view, there will always be concerns over questions of sovereignty and security.”