A Space X Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 satellite lifts off in August 2014. Photo: AP

China using US-made satellites to boost its police and military power and quash protests in Tibet and Xinjiang, report says

  • Beijing’s Ministry of State Security said to have used equipment to deal with anti-government protests by minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang
  • Satellite also provided communications services to China’s military as it built permanent installations on contested islands and reefs in South China Sea
Topic |   US-China relations

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A Space X Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 satellite lifts off in August 2014. Photo: AP
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A Long March 2D rocket carries satellites into orbit from a launch centre in northwest China in December. Photo: Xinhua

How China’s scavenger satellites are being used to develop AI weapons, drones and robots

  • Chinese scientists have been testing the technology since 2008, according to declassified document
  • Small probes can latch onto targets such as dead spacecraft in near-Earth orbit – and in a military scenario could stay attached to avoid being tracked
Topic |   China science

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A Long March 2D rocket carries satellites into orbit from a launch centre in northwest China in December. Photo: Xinhua
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