China is at the start of a new operational stage in space. The near-final construction of the state-of-the-art China Space Station shows China's growing strength in the field. Despite this, as seen through joint projects with the UN and the European Space Agency — alongside the fact that the new Space Station is open to all UN member states — China is more than willing to engage in international cooperation as Beijing's presence continues to grow.
Today the US is in a new space race, but this time against China, and experts are rightly worried. If China becomes the dominant space power in the next two decades, economic and national security will be at serious risk. Whoever dominates space will determine the future and we must abandon the fantasy that all nations will work together. Given what we know of China's behavior in differing circumstances, the space race must be won by the US to ensure the future of freedom in the 21st Century.