No global heat on India’s ASAT missile test


On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the successful test of an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile by India. With this test, India has joined a select group of nations which have demonstrated this capability.

The last country to do a successful test was China in 2007. The test by China was widely censured by the international community. In contrast, life for India has been much more comfortable after Wednesday’s test.

Pakistan’s response has been critical, that is, Pavlovian. But China’s response has been guarded and it has simply expressed the hope that peace and tranquillity in outer space will be maintained.

Most importantly, the response from the United States has been cautiously supportive. In its response to India’s test, the US State Department invoked “shared interests in space and scientific and technical cooperation Read More

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