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US-China tensions

China can 'grapple' US satellites with robotic arm, commander says

Space Command chief prepares for Day One of future warfare

The robotic arm of the International Space Station: The U.S. military is concerned that a Chinese satellite with a similar arm may be used to grapple other satellites. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. military is concerned about China's rapid development of space capabilities, especially a satellite equipped with a robotic arm that could approach an enemy satellite to disable it, U.S. Space Command commander Gen. James Dickinson told Congress Tuesday.

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