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Remaking Global OrderThe Evolution of Europe-China Relations and its Implications for East Asia and the United States$
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Nicola Casarini

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560073.001.0001

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Space Cooperation

Space Cooperation

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(p.101) 5 Space Cooperation
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Remaking Global Order
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Nicola Casarini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560073.003.0006

This chapter examines EU—China space and satellite navigation cooperation, including the strategic implications of this form of collaboration for the United States. This chapter traces the process leading to the EU—China political agreement on the joint development of Galileo (the EU‐led global navigation satellite system alternative to the dominant US Global Positioning System) and examines the reaction of US policy makers concerned that this form of international collaboration would support China in upgrading its space capabilities and power projection in the region precisely at a time when the Pentagon would perceive Beijing as a potential space competitor. This chapter asks the following: Why did the EU invite China to cooperate in the joint development of Galileo? What would EU and Chinese policy makers like to achieve with this kind of cooperation? And what would be the strategic implications for the United States and its East Asian allies?

Keywords:   Space cooperation, satellite navigation, Galileo, GPS, space diplomacy, transatlantic relations, space primacy, space competitor, China's space programme

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