By K J M Varma BEIJING,
CHINA on Wednesday reacted guardedly to India’santi-satellite missile test and expressed hope that all countries will uphold peace and tranquillity in the outer space. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday 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 super powers. The test makes India the fourth country in theworldaftertheUS, Russia and China to acquire the strategic capability to shoot down enemy satellites.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a written response to a question from PTI 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”. PAK SAYS IT’S AGAINST MILITARISATION OF OUTER SPACE: PAKISTAN said on Wednesday that it was against the militarisation of outer space, hoursafterIndia’sannouncement of shooting down a live satellite with a missile - a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. “Space is the common heritage of mankind and every nation has the responsibility to avoid actions which can lead to the militarisationofthisarena,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a statement.