China’s Space Program Is Taking Off
— "Its engineers have caught up with Europe when Europe was 20 years behind the space-racing superpowers. But by 2020 or a little thereafter, when the International Space Station (ISS) may be on its last legs, Chinese space managers expect to have a Mir-class space station in orbit. ... As was the case with the Cold War space powers, China's leaders are using human spaceflight to signal the world—and the long-suffering Chinese people—that Beijing's state-capitalism approach has won modern superpower status for their ancient society." From Aviation Week & Space Technology
, November 25, 2013.
posted by cenoxo
on Dec 15, 2013 -
Is a 'Pax Americana' possible?
And if it is
possible, is it a good thing or a bad thing? It depends on who you ask.
And if not the US, then who? Europe
has neither the force of arms nor the political cohesiveness. China
seems to be the only other contender, but it begs the question: should America even try
to mediate world disputes, or intervene when (and only
when) our national interests are at stake?
posted by mrmanley
on Aug 14, 2002 -