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The looming specter of Asian space wars

India's antisatellite missile test poses strategic challenges for China and Pakistan

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The Indian test is clearly a warning shot across China's bow. (Handout photo from India's Press Information Bureau)

When China demonstrated its antisatellite weapon capability in 2007, it spurred international concern and criticism over the potential militarization of outer space.

The muted response to a similar Indian test on March 27 shows that great-power capabilities in this field have so advanced that such an event is no longer a surprise. Indeed, the technology has developed to such an extent that defense planners must deal with the looming specter of wars in space.

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