The Long March 5B rocket leaves the southern island province of Hainan with the core module for China’s Tiangong Space Station in April. Photo: AFP The Long March 5B rocket leaves the southern island province of Hainan with the core module for China’s Tiangong Space Station in April. Photo: AFP
The Long March 5B rocket leaves the southern island province of Hainan with the core module for China’s Tiangong Space Station in April. Photo: AFP

China-US tensions move to space as rocket debris heads for Earth

  • Finger-pointing over the growing problem of space junk is only going to get worse as both countries pursue their grand ambitions
  • And experts believe orbiting clutter poses a far greater threat than remnants re-entering the atmosphere

Topic |   US-China relations
The Long March 5B rocket leaves the southern island province of Hainan with the core module for China’s Tiangong Space Station in April. Photo: AFP The Long March 5B rocket leaves the southern island province of Hainan with the core module for China’s Tiangong Space Station in April. Photo: AFP
The Long March 5B rocket leaves the southern island province of Hainan with the core module for China’s Tiangong Space Station in April. Photo: AFP
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