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China has urged the United States to abide by the outer space international treaty of 1967 and take responsible measures to protect the safety of astronauts following close encounters of SpaceX Starlink satellites with the country’s in-construction space station.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday outlined the problem, one that caused the space station to perform preventive collision avoidance control maneuvers in July and October.

Starlink satellites.
Credit: SpaceX

The close encounters sparked China to inform the Secretary-General of the United Nations about the “phenomena” that constituted dangers to the life or health of astronauts aboard the China space station, a UN document states.

China’s submitted document to the UN can be read at:

https://www.unoosa.org/res/oosadoc/data/documents/2021/aac_105/aac_1051262_0_html/AAC105_1262E.pdf

The comments of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday can be viewed here at:

https://youtu.be/abHnrqIthgg

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