Sun Tzu’s adage of “bearing down on the enemy” seems to encapsulate the current approaches of both the United States and China to their space programs. China does not have to be an enemy of the United States, but it is certainly destined to be a competitor, if the United States continues to exploit the obvious military advantages of space and China feels compelled to respond.
"China’s Manned Space Program,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 56
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