US claims China, Russia intend to undercut space powers of America

Both nations also wish to create new global space norms to undercut the United States' global leadership, the US Defense Intelligence Agency said. 

US claims China, Russia intend to undercut space powers of America
US claims China, Russia intend to undercut space powers of America (Representative image)

Washington: The war on who will become the strongest nation in space power continues as the two giant countries; Russia and China, have sought to become leading space powers.

Both nations also wish to create new global space norms to undercut the United States' global leadership, the US Defense Intelligence Agency said. 

"Beijing and Moscow seek to position themselves as leading space powers, intent on creating new global space norms. Through the use of space and counterspace capabilities, they aspire to undercut US global leadership.," the agency said in a new report on US challenges to security in space.

Meanwhile, international media reports said that Russia plans to fast-track the training of a Belarusian cosmonaut candidate ahead of the scheduled space launch in fall of 2023, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

 "We will try to speed up the training so that a Belarusian cosmonaut could go on their first mission in fall of 2023," Dmitry Rogozin told a news conference. He said the launch would be a show of Russian-Belarusian unity in space exploration.

 Several ethnic Belarusians have flown to space while on Russian service. Rogozin spoke at an event marking the 61st anniversary of human spaceflight. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to go to space on April 12, 1961.