China is on track to OVERTAKE US “militarily and economically” in space race by 2045, Pentagon report warns

CHINA could soon be king of space, overtaking the US, an official report warns.

The secretive state is working to become the dominant global space power economically, diplomatically and militarily by 2045, a Pentagon industry group has said.

China spends billions more than the US on space exploration

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But it could reach that goal even sooner as the country pushes ahead with huge projects, including its own version of the ISS, and plans to build a base on the moon.

The report, authored by officials from the Space Force, the Defense Innovation Unit, the Air Force and the Air Force Research Laboratory, says the US must act quickly if it is to maintain its lead in space.

“Proactive measures are required to maintain our country’s space leadership across all instruments of national power, despite China’s attempt to more quickly close its technological gap with the US,” it said.

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The country is expected to spend $200 billion more annually on R&D than the US by 2030.

According to the report, China has a “grand strategy for economic and military dominance in space that spans decades as a national priority.”

It warns that China’s success aims to “shape not only the future of humanity in space, but a new international order that will embrace communism and autocracy here on Earth in the 21st century.”

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) – China’s equivalent of NASA – has already had some major successes over the US.

In 2019, they became the first to successfully land a rover on the far side of the moon.

“While the United States’ space industry remains on an upward trend, participants raised concerns that the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s upward trend is even steeper, with a significant overtake rate that requires urgent action,” the report continued .

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“The US lacks a clear and coherent long-term vision, a grand strategy for space that will sustain economic, technological, environmental, social and military (defense) leadership for the next half century and beyond.”

NASA chief Bill Nelson has previously said the West should be wary of China’s space ambitions.

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