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Space: Weapons

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What diplomatic response they have made to the use by China of a ballistic missile to disable a Chinese satellite. [HL1632]

On 18 January officials from our embassy in Beijing made representations to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the missile test, expressing concern about the lack of international consultation before the test was conducted and the possible impact of debris from the test on other objects in space.

The Government have also expressed concern that the development of this technology and the manner in which this test was conducted is inconsistent with the spirit of China's statements to the UN and other bodies on the military use of space. As part of our regular bilateral dialogue on international issues, we will continue to work to encourage China to play a constructive role in the international community.