The rocket carrying China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover lifts off in Wenchang, Hainan province, on July 23. While the narrative of a “space race” between China and the United States is emerging, the gap between the two remains too large to generate significant competition. Photo: EPA The rocket carrying China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover lifts off in Wenchang, Hainan province, on July 23. While the narrative of a “space race” between China and the United States is emerging, the gap between the two remains too large to generate significant competition. Photo: EPA
The rocket carrying China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover lifts off in Wenchang, Hainan province, on July 23. While the narrative of a “space race” between China and the United States is emerging, the gap between the two remains too large to generate significant competition. Photo: EPA
Chee Yik-wai
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Chee Yik-wai

China’s earthly concerns take priority over ‘space race’ with US

  • Any such race requires speed and competition, neither of which appear to be present in the US or Chinese space programmes of late
  • If China ever makes significant progress towards commercialising space resources, the US could then change and start competing

The rocket carrying China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover lifts off in Wenchang, Hainan province, on July 23. While the narrative of a “space race” between China and the United States is emerging, the gap between the two remains too large to generate significant competition. Photo: EPA The rocket carrying China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover lifts off in Wenchang, Hainan province, on July 23. While the narrative of a “space race” between China and the United States is emerging, the gap between the two remains too large to generate significant competition. Photo: EPA
The rocket carrying China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover lifts off in Wenchang, Hainan province, on July 23. While the narrative of a “space race” between China and the United States is emerging, the gap between the two remains too large to generate significant competition. Photo: EPA
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Chee Yik-wai

Chee Yik-wai

Chee Yik-wai is a Malaysia-based intercultural specialist and the co-founder of Crowdsukan focusing on sport diplomacy for peace and development