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All countries should uphold peace & tranquility in outer space: China after India's ASAT test

China-The third country to test ASAT Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Beijing, China Mar 27, 2019, 06.04 PM (IST)

China expressed hope that all countries will uphold peace and tranquillity in the outer space after  India's ASAT(anti-satellite missile) test.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday had announced that India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers.

The test makes India the fourth country in the world after the US, Russia and China to acquire the strategic capability to shoot down enemy satellites.

The Chinese foreign ministry, in a written statement on India successfully test-firing an anti-satellite missile, said: "We have noticed reports and hope that each country will uphold peace and tranquillity in outer space".

China had conducted a similar test in January 2007 when its anti-satellite missile destroyed a defunct weather satellite.

Prime Minister Modi said in New Delhi that the action was not directed against any country and the satellite was a pre-determined target orbiting at an altitude of 300 km.

He said India did not breach any international laws or treaties by testing the anti-satellite missile.

Mission Shakti, which was led by the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO), was aimed at strengthening India's overall security, PM Modi said.

In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement that India has no intention of entering into an arms race in outer space.

"We have always maintained that space must be used only for peaceful purposes. We are against the weaponisation of outer space and support international efforts to reinforce the safety and security of space-based assets," the MEA said.

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China had conducted a similar test in January 2007 when its anti-satellite missile destroyed a defunct weather satellite.